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.
"This investment is an exciting opportunity to bring high-quality jobs to Wayne County," said LaRose. "This is a great example of the job growth we seek by ensuring that Ohio is a favorable place to do business. This investment will further add to J.M. Smucker Co.'s heritage as a great local business."
"As a father of three young children, I am proud to sponsor this legislation so that we can prevent the tragic stories we hear too often about deaths which occur when children and pets are left alone in hot vehicles," said LaRose. "This is a common sense measure that provides protection for good samaritans that forcibly enter a vehicle to save the life of a child or rescue a pet."
Tuesday September 22, 2015 marks National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, six million Americans did not vote because they missed the registration deadline or were not familiar with the process of registering to vote. In 2015, we want to ensure that every citizen is able to register and make use of their right to vote.
"District office hours are an opportunity for me to hear which issues are most important to my constituents," said LaRose. "I look forward to hearing from area residents about ways that state government can better serve our community."