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.
State Senator Frank LaRose will hold open office hours throughout the district on Saturday, November 22, 2014. LaRose represents the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.
"We uphold the high ideals of public service and deliberative democracy when we conduct the people’s business with civility and collegiality. Perhaps more important than this is the simple truth that only through civil dialogue can we solve the complex problems facing our state and nation. We can’t view compromise as caving and civility as weakness. These are essential tools for better governing."
“In order for me to effectively represent you in Columbus, I need to hear from you, which is why it's important to hold monthly meetings so that I am able to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents,” LaRose said.