From the office of State Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Today Senator Nancy Jacobs is introducing a bill for a “Good Government Redistricting Plan.” It has the backing of the Maryland Republican Party.
Earlier this week Senator Joe Getty and Senator E.J. Pipkin also introduced maps. All three of these maps from Republicans preserve the integrity of rural areas and minority communities. Each plan contains three majority-minority districts.
The plan from Governor O’Malley’s redistricting panel tears these communities apart. It denies people representation from like-minded elected officials who have their interests at heart. It doesn’t follow local community or county lines. Districts in O’Malley’s map looks like paint thrown on wall by a three year old.
O’Malley’s plan even disenfranchises his own democrat base. That’s because it’s not about citizens, but about grabbing more power and keeping incumbent Democrats in office. It’s totally self-serving.
My fear is none of these alternative plans will ever see the light of day. Will leadership only allow their plan to get a public hearing? Demand hearings. Call O’Malley. Tell him to listen to the people of Maryland because it’s the right thing to do.
GOOD GOVERNMENT REDISTRICTING PLAN
Sponsor: Senator Nancy Jacobs
*Respects existing county and municipal boundaries to keep communities of common interest together.
*Splits counties as infrequently as possible
*Creates three Minority-Majority districts
*Creates a district solely for Baltimore City of inside the beltway communities
*Protects the interests of voters rather than incumbent politicians