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James Brochin

State commission attacks redistricting reform

State commission attacks redistricting reform

As the state's redistricting reform commission held its first meeting at Towson University on Tuesday, co-chairman Alexander Williams Jr. noted that the group was sitting in Maryland's 3rd Congressional District.

Yet other parts of the Towson campus, Williams said, are in the 2nd Congressional District.

That fact illustrates the challenge facing Williams and other members of the commission: How to create a process for drawing political maps to avoid tangled and confused districts that critics say are among the most gerrymandered in the nation.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan created the commission last month, saying he wants a constitutional amendment to put before voters...