Republicans serving on the Congressional Reapportionment Committee have submitted a new map to be considered by the Maine Legislature that would keep Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties in the First District.

The plan is a change from the original one submitted Aug. 15 by the Republicans that would have moved those three counties into the northern Maine Second District. That move would have moved Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree’s hometown of North Haven into the Second District, which is represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud.

The Legislature’s Reapportionment Committee is scheduled to meet again Tuesday, Aug. 30, to consider what plan to submit to the full Legislature.

The Democrats on the Committee have proposed shifting a few towns in Kennebec County between the two Congressional districts to equalize the populations as directed by a federal judge.

The new Republican plan moves Androscoggin County into the First Congressional District, reflecting popular sentiment that the Lewiston-Auburn area identifies more with southern Maine than the north, according to the news released Aug. 26 by the Republican Maine House Speaker’s Office.

“Throughout this process, Republicans on the Reapportionment Committee have demonstrated a willingness to work with Democrats, only to have our reasonable consensus proposals rejected,” said State Sen. Debra Plowman, another commission member in the news release.

There has been no response from the Democrats since the Republicans issued their release late Friday.

The full Legislature is scheduled to convene Sept. 27 to approve a reapportionment plan. If the two parties cannot reach an agreement, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will impose one before the 2012 elections.