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.

 
 
 
  
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"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."



 
 

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"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.”



 
 

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