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.
"Mrs. Cianchetti has devoted the past thirty-years to the betterment of her students and this award is a testament to her leadership in the classroom," said LaRose. "The students in the Field Local School District are blessed to have a role model like Mrs. Cianchetti."
"The alarming number of recent fentanyl related deaths is a serious concern," said LaRose. "This legislation has the potential to save lives by getting these highly potent drugs off our streets."
"We may come from different cultures, but I was inspired by our mutual passion for the democratic process," said Senator LaRose. "Today's discussion focused on our mutual desire to increase political participation so that democracy can flourish."
"District office hours are an opportunity for me to hear which issues are most important to my constituents," said LaRose. "I look forward to hearing from area residents about ways that state government can better serve our community."