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O’Malley to host redistricting hearing

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley will host a hearing on legislative redistricting in the Maryland General Assembly.

The hearing on Thursday will give residents a chance to weigh in on the proposed new districts for the state’s 47 state senate seats and 141 seats in the House of Delegates.

The governor’s advisory committee on redistricting made the map public on Friday.

The map contains 12 districts that are majority African American, an increase from 10 districts that the Court of Appeals created in 2002. In addition to those districts, there are four districts that are majority minority — and increase from two in the last map.

The new map is based on demographic changes in the 2010 census. A final map will be sent by O’Malley to the General Assembly in January.