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.
"Today our community mourns the loss of a truly outstanding public servant," said LaRose.
"The hostile, divisive rhetoric that has characterized this year's presidential election is a serious obstacle to addressing our nation's greatest challenges," said LaRose, a longtime participant in NICD programs.
"I was honored to welcome this group of diverse professionals to Ohio to continue to strengthen the economic and cultural bond between our state and the people of Hsinchu County and all of Taiwan," said LaRose. "It was enlightening to discuss innovation and trade between our nations, as well as important democratic developments recently taking place in Taiwan."
"The establishment of online voter registration is a major victory for voter access and efficiency," said LaRose. "By modernizing our voter registration system, we are dramatically improving convenience for the average voter while helping our state and local governments save money and keep accurate records. We're also taking an important step to improve the integrity of the voter registration process and prevent fraud."