MD Governor vetoes redistricting bill

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 17:46:04-04

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed a congressional redistricting reform bill he said is "phony."

The republican governor said the bill passed by the democrat-controlled legislature is a "smoke screen." That is because it requires five other states to agree before Maryland would turn the task of drawing congressional districts over to an independent board.

“The legislative leaders who pushed this bill choose to completely ignore the will of the people of Maryland for the sole porpoise of protecting themselves and their own partisan political interest,” said Hogan.

Hogan has repeatedly proposed taking congressional and state legislative redistricting out of the hands of the governor and state lawmakers, but the legislature has rejected his bill.