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Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Redistricting special session begins in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A special session on congressional redistricting in Maryland is getting started.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, is holding a news conference Monday morning to discuss the session, along with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

The session has been called for lawmakers to approve a new map for the state’s eight congressional seats.

The Democratic-controlled General Assembly is scheduled to convene for a short session at 11:30 a.m. Then, a hearing on redistricting plans will start at 1 p.m. The hearing is expected to last the rest of the day and possibly into the evening.

The special session is not expected to last more than several days.

By The Associated Press  |  07:11 AM ET, 10/17/2011

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