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Redistricting Advisory Committee to hold its first public hearing in Hancock

July 13, 2011

HANCOCK — A state and federal legislative redistricting committee will hold the first of its 12 public hearings in Hancock, officials announced Wednesday.

The Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee will hold a hearing at Hancock Middle-Senior High School on July 23 at 11 a.m., according to a notice posted and distributed by the Maryland Department of Planning.

A second hearing will be held that day at 2 p.m. at Hood College in Frederick, Md.

A third hearing will be on July 25 in Prince George's County, Md.

The other nine public hearings haven't been announced.

The five-member advisory committee will recommend a plan for changing the state and federal legislative districts, a task required every 10 years following a U.S. census.

Jeanne D. Hitchcock, the secretary of appointments for Gov. Martin O'Malley, is the chairwoman of the committee.

The other four members are Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., House Speaker Michael E. Busch, former Del. James King and Richard Stewart, the president and chief executive officer of Montgomery Mechanical Services Inc.

The Maryland General Assembly is expected to consider the committee's redistricting recommendation during a special session this fall.

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