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.
"I am humbled to be named a co-chair of the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance,” said Senator LaRose, “As an active participant with NICD since its inception, I am excited to work with a group of like-minded individuals to spread the message of civility in government”.
"Ohio's new online voter registration system will make registering to vote more convenient, while saving millions in taxpayer dollars and helping state and county elections officials to keep more accurate records," said Senator LaRose.
"The alarming number of recent fentanyl related deaths is a serious concern," said LaRose. "This legislation was crafted to punish traffickers while ensuring treatment for addicts."
"Our county boards of elections work hard to stretch every taxpayer dollar as far as it will go to ensure efficient, fair elections," said LaRose. "Forcing them to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of time and taxpayer resources. This commonsense, bipartisan bill would remove the unnecessary cost burden placed on local communities and improve efficiency in the administration of our elections."