COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3, designed to infuse greater balance and transparency into the redistricting process. This legislation ensures that congressional districts are drawn in a bipartisan manner by applying safeguards and processes established for state legislative redistricting to the current method used to draw congressional district lines.
SJR 3 ensures that the state legislature maintains its ability to craft our congressional districts, so long as the district plans pass each chamber through special supermajority voting requirements and meet the same guidelines established for state legislative redistricting.
"My goal is to establish a redistricting process that does not favor the interests of one political party or another but that works for all Ohioans," said LaRose. "While I believe that the plan I have put forward accomplishes this, I recognize that it could always be improved. I welcome the input of my colleagues and I look forward to hearing their ideas on how we can improve and build on this proposal."
Currently, the state legislature redraws the U.S. congressional districts every ten years by a simple majority vote.
If the state legislature is incapable of coming to an agreement on the redistricting maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission would be required to adopt a congressional district plan through the same processes which Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved as State Issue 1 on the November 2015 ballot.
“The current winner-take all approach, used in our state for the congressional redistricting process, is unsustainable and leads to unnecessary friction and dysfunction. The citizens of Ohio demand reform," said LaRose. "SJR 3 would require bipartisan compromise, compelling statesmen and women to work cooperatively to draw fair and straightforward congressional district maps.”
SJR 3 will soon be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.
“This legislation will provide avenues of relief for peace officers and firefighters who have valiantly served the public and suffer from PTSD originating from the performance of their duties,” said Senator LaRose. “This commonsense change gives our brave men and women time to recover and help them begin the journey back to work."
"This legislation affects all Ohioans, our communities and our economy, and I'm proud of the bipartisan work we accomplished in the Senate," said Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) Chair of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee. "Our priorities were to ensure safe and efficient transportation for our citizens, enhance public transit funding and send additional funds to local governments for the maintenance of our local roads and bridges."
"Transportation issues touch the lives of all Ohioans, which is why I am thrilled to announce this enhanced access and transparency," said LaRose. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a transportation budget that invests in Ohio's diverse transportation infrastructure to enhance prosperity and improve safety for Ohio’s families, and now as we recognize Sunshine Week, we are making it easier for Ohioans to participate in the process.”
"Forcing our county boards of election to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of their time and taxpayer resources," said LaRose. "This commonsense, bipartisan bill would remove the unnecessary cost burden placed on local communities and improve efficiency in the administration of our elections."