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Republican delegate announces redistricting plan

ANNAPOLIS — A Republican state lawmaker from western Maryland will be advocating a congressional redistricting plan backed by a minority political action committee.

Delegate Michael Hough said Wednesday he will be introducing “The Maryland Fair Representation Congressional Plan” in next week’s special session on redistricting.

The measure will include a plan for three minority districts backed by the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee.

A draft map submitted last week by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s advisory panel has upset Republicans and some minority groups. The proposal moves a large portion of Montgomery County into the 6th Congressional district, which has been held by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett since 1993. The change would make it more competitive for a Democrat. But critics say it also would dilute minority representation in central Maryland.