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Maryland officials who are reshuffling the state's congressional districts are listening to comments from the public.
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Maryland officials who are reshuffling the state's congressional districts are listening to comments from the public.

Maryland officials who are reshuffling the state's congressional districts are getting an earful from people of all persuasions.

Committee chair Jeanne Hitchcock says it's too early for the panel to be drawing conclusions.

"I think it's important for me to just stay open minded and listen to the points that are being raised," says Hitchcock.

Democrats are pushing for the republican-held sixth district to be extended into the more democratic Montgomery County.

State Senate President Thomas Miller says that's a possibility, but he says it's a hard area to slice up.

"You've got to remember that Washington, D.C. was carved from Montgomery County in 1791," he says. "You can't go into Virginia, you can't go into Pennsylvania, you can't go into Delaware, West Virginia. And you have to work around all these obstacles."

The third of a dozen public redistricting hearings is this Monday in Prince George's County.

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