Majority Party doesn't want to "Unilaterally Disarm"
Seldom has there been so much agreement, among so many people and organizations of different political persuasions about one issue:
the need to reform our redistricting process.
There is only ONE group that disagrees: elected Democrats.
You have to give them credit: they are forthright about the reason. As their floor leader on the bill said in the House, "we don't want to unilaterally disarm."
What this metaphor says is that the majority party in
Maryland doesn't want to give up the power to draw redistricting lines in their favor unless a state in which Republicans are the majority agrees to do the same thing. In fact, that is exactly what the House Bill (HB 367) proposed as an alternative to the Governor's redistricting bill. Such redistricting would occur, only:
"contingent on the enactment of a [substantially similar] nonpartisan congressional districting process . . . in each of the following mid-Atlantic region states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina."
Fiscal and Policy Note - Revised, HB 367, Del. Reznik, et al.
Not only is the likelihood of this actually happening, the majority party went even further. In the oft chance that the other five states did act, and Maryland was required to enact the provisions of the bill, HB 367 applies
only to Congressional redistricting -- not to Legislative redistricting!