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.
Ohio Senator Frank LaRose announced the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 1 yesterday, which continues the state's effort to fight toxic algae in Lake Erie and ensure clean drinking water for Ohioans.
State Senator Frank LaRose today joined his colleagues in welcoming The Ohio State University football team to the Senate Chamber for winning the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. The team finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and went on to beat Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon in the postseason to win their 8th National Title. The team includes eleven players from Stark, Summit, and Wayne counties.
State Senator Frank LaRose will hold open office hours throughout the district on Saturday, February 14, 2015. LaRose represents the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.