For immediate release:
September 10, 2015

Contact:
Erin Montgomery erin.montgomery@maryland.gov
Eric Shirk eric.shirk@maryland.gov
410-974-2316

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Redistricting Reform Commission’s Public Meeting Schedule

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the recently formed Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission will hold its first regional meeting on Tuesday, September 15, at Towson University. This is the first of five meetings to be held throughout the state this fall.

On August 6, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2015.21, which established the Redistricting Reform Commission. The commission is charged with examining the state’s redistricting process and making recommendations to improve election integrity and reduce political gerrymandering. The commission’s report is due to the governor and the presiding officers of the Senate and House by November 3, 2015.

“For far too long, the political gamesmanship of gerrymandering has stifled real political debate and deprived citizens of meaningful choices,” Governor Hogan said. “Through the work of this commission, my administration’s goal is to put Maryland’s redistricting process on a new path toward transparency, fair representation, and election integrity. I encourage all Maryland citizens to attend a regional meeting and share their thoughts and concerns on legislative and congressional redistricting.”

The governor’s executive order calls for at least four public meetings to be held throughout Central Maryland, Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and on the Eastern Shore. The meetings are open to the public. The commission has set the meeting schedule, which is as follows:

Regional Public Meeting 1
Tuesday, September 15
6:30 pm
Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University
Minnegan Room
Towson, MD 21204

Regional Public Meeting 2
Monday, September 21
1:00 pm
Hagerstown Community College
Career Programs Building, Room 213
11400 Robinwood Dr.
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Regional Public Meeting 3
Tuesday, September 29
6:30 pm
Charleston Senior Center
45 St. Patricks Dr.
Waldorf, MD 20603

Regional Public Meeting 4
Tuesday, October 6
1:00 pm
Talbot County Community Center
10028 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601

Regional Public Meeting 5
Tuesday, October 13
6:30 pm
Laurel (Specific Location TBD)

For more information on redistricting reform activities, please visit the commission’s website at http://governor.maryland.gov/redistricting-reform.