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curring) That Sections 2, 4, 5 and 6 of Article III of the Constitution
of Maryland, title "Legislative Department," be and they are hereby
repealed, and that new Sections 2, 4, 5 and 6 be and they are hereby
enacted to stand in the place of the sections repealed, and that new
Section 3 of Article III of the Constitution of Maryland be and is
hereby enacted to follow immediately after Section 2 thereof, the
same if adopted by the legal and qualified voters of the State as herein
provided, to become a part of the Constitution of Maryland, and to
read as follows:
2.
The membership of the Senate shall consist of the forty-three (43)
Senators. The membership of the House of Delegates shall consist
of one hundred forty-two (142) Delegates.

3.
The State shall be divided by law into districts for the election
of members of the Senate and into districts for the election of mem-
bers of the House of Delegates. The number of Senators and Dele-
gates to be elected from each of the legislative districts shall be pre-
scribed by law, but not more than two Senators shall be elected from
any senatorial district.
4.
Each legislative district shall consist of adjoining territory and
shall be compact in form. THE RATIO OF THE NUMBER OF
SENATORS TO POPULATION SHALL BE SUBSTANTIALLY
THE SAME IN EACH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT; THE RATIO
OF THE NUMBER OF DELEGATES TO POPULATION SHALL
BE SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME IN EACH LEGISLATIVE DIS-
TRICT. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO RE-
QUIRE THE ELECTION OF ONLY ONE DELEGATE FROM
EACH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT.
5.
Following each decennial census of the United States, the Gover-
nor shall prepare a plan for legislative districting and apportionment.
The Governor shall present the plan to the General Assembly not
later than the first day of its regular session in the second year
following the census, and may call a special session to present it
prior thereto. No change in the number of members of the Senate
or House of Delegates shall be provided in this plan. Following each
decennial census the General Assembly shall by law enact a plan for
legislative districting and apportionment. If no plan has been enacted
for these purposes by the forty-fifth day after the opening of the
regular session of the General Assembly of the second year following
the censusy the plan presented to the General Assembly by the
Governor shall become law. Upon petition of any registered voter,
the Court of Appeals shall have original jurisdiction to review the


 
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