Getty has alternative map for 6th Congressional District

ANNAPOLIS — State Sen. Joe Getty, a Republican who represents parts of both Carroll and Baltimore counties in the state's 5th Legislative District, this week said he will introduce a bill during the special session of the General Assembly to "preserves the current configuration of the 6th Congressional District."

The congressional plan and a state legislative plan, are to be the subjects of the session, which starts Monday, Oct. 17, in Annapolis.

Carroll County is now represented by the 6th Congressional District, whose current congressman is Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).

But under a proposal by the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, Carroll would be split between two districts in Congress — the 8th Congressional District, aligned with western Maryland and Montgomery County; and the 1st Congressional District, reaching to the Eastern Shore.

The alternative plan proposed by Getty would retain all of Frederick and Carroll counties and the northern sections of Baltimore and Harford counties similar to the 6th District's current configuration.

In a release, Getty said is plan would also remove what he called the "oddly distorted 3rd Congressional District from the Baltimore metropolitan region, and shift it to become a minority majority district encompassing the central parts of Montgomery and Prince George's counties."

Getty said his plan would reflect demographic changes reflected in the 2010 census.

"The state of Maryland grew at 9 percent over the last decade," Getty said, "and that entire growth cycle was due to statewide increases in minority population primarily within the Hispanic community. My proposed map follows the intent of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by creating a third minority district to reflect Maryland's changing demographic trends and to protect minority voting rights."

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