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Hogan Proposes Bill to Curb Gerrymandering in Maryland

January 27, 2016

Today Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland introduced a bill prohibiting the drawing of legislative districts for political advantage and establishing an independent citizen commission to draw district lines.

Supreme Court Orders Full Hearing of Common Cause Member's Challenge to Maryland Redistricting

December 8, 2015

Steve Shapiro, a Common Cause Maryland member and a longtime federal employee, filed that case that became Shapiro v. McManus on his own behalf. Though not a lawyer, he represented himself when the case came before U.S. District Judge James K. Breder in Baltimore and later when it was before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. Judge Breder dismissed the case, concluding that the claim of partisan gerrymandering is not a matter for the courts to decide. While his decision was upheld by the 4th Circuit, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the suit should have been heard and decided on the merits by a special three-judge panel.

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