COLUMBUS— The Ohio Senate today gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to Senate Joint Resolution 5, which revises the process by which Ohio draws its legislative and Congressional districts. Co-sponsored by Senators Frank LaRose and Tom Sawyer (D- Akron), it passed by a vote of 32-1.
“We came together as a bipartisan group and worked to draft a plan which is not designed to benefit one party or the other but truly to set up a better method of drawing districts that is in the best interest of all Ohioans,” LaRose said. “This resolution creates a process that is fair and accountable, and establishes a solid foundation from which to build in the next General Assembly.”
Under the resolution, a seven-member redistricting commission would be established, consisting of the Governor, Auditor of State, Secretary of State and four members appointed by the legislative leaders in each chamber. The commission would elect bipartisan co-chairs, and none of the members could be a sitting member of the state Legislature or Congress. Any plan proposed by the commission must receive five votes – including at least one vote from the minority party.
"Recent graduates with an interest in state government or public policy should consider the LSC Fellowship to develop important career skills far beyond the average fellowship experience," said LaRose. “Fellows have the opportunity to take on diverse responsibilities while connecting directly with state policymakers and stakeholders, often leading to successful careers in public service. In the past five years I have had a number of impressive young professionals who have shown a willingness to learn and dedicate themselves to their responsibilities as LSC Fellows."
"This is a common sense measure that seeks to protect good samaritans who save the life of a child or rescue a pet," said LaRose. "Far too often we hear tragic stories about deaths which occur when children and pets are left alone in hot vehicles and as a father of three young children I am glad we are taking this important preventative step." said LaRose.
"I was delighted to join esteemed election leaders from across the country today to share Ohio's progress in enhancing the election process while at the same time gaining valuable information from individuals who have taken these important steps in other states," said LaRose. "Online voter registration has been a top priority for me and I look forward to Ohio joining 29 other states that give their voters secure and convenient option."
“Ohio's hard-working entrepreneurs have helped create these jobs along with our efforts to improve Ohio's business climate by eliminating superfluous red tape and job stifling bureaucracy." said LaRose. "We must continue to focus on effective, not burdensome, regulation while ensuring that entrepreneurs have the capacity to thrive in our state." LaRose said.