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.
"As the father of three young children, I feel a responsibility to help protect other children from becoming the victims of these tragic, preventable accidents. By passing this commonsense legislation, we can encourage concerned bystanders to save the life of a child or pet without fearing legal repercussions."
"I join Ohioans and motor sports fans in celebrating the news that the EPA has come to their senses, and backed away from this attempt at bureaucratic overreach. Alongside my colleagues, I will continue to defend this cherished pastime."
"These dedicated public safety professionals stand ready every day to face personal danger in order to protect their fellow Ohioans," said LaRose. "I'm proud that we have come together to ensure that Ohio Firefighters exposed to increased risk of cancer while performing their duty will receive the care they deserve."
"This important legislation invests in economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance, contributing to quality of life and economic growth in our community," said LaRose. "A substantial portion of capital spending goes to needed maintenance and improvements of public facilities throughout the state, but does so in a responsible and fiscally conservative manner. The carefully considered investments in this budget fall well within Ohio's constitutional cap on borrowing and reflect our ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible fiscal management practices. This budget is a continuation of the same thoughtful management practices which resulted in Ohio earning an upgrade in our bond rating; essentially the state's 'credit score' just a few years ago."