Two Baltimore County senators, unhappy with their new districts under Gov.
The plan is especially disadvantageous for Brochin, whose closely contested former district would become heavily Republican under the plan devised by O'Malley and legislative leaders. Kelley, too, has expressed dissatisfaction with a map that puts much of her former 10th District base in the 44th District, which under the new map crosss the city-county line.
Assistant Attorney General Dan Friedman, counsel to the General Assembly, expressed confidence the plan will be upheld by the state's highest court, which hears challenges to legislative redistricting.
"The plan is constitutionally and legally sufficient and we look forward to defending it," he said. The suit was one of four filed Tuesday, the deadline for challenges to the redistricting plan.
In their suit, Brochin and Kelley contend that by extending the 44th District across the city-county line, the map violates a state constitutional requirement that "due regard" be given to political boundaries beetween subdivisions.