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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"We owe it to our veterans to make sure they can understand and access existing healthcare options at the state and federal level," said LaRose. "By helping them navigate this process, we recognize the immeasurable value of their service to our country."
Senator LaRose will make himself available to meet with constituents throughout his district on Saturday, April 25, 2015. “I always look forward to meeting with folks in my district about the issues that impact their lives," said LaRose. "If you are a constituent, you can help me serve you better in Columbus by sharing your opinions about the work we are doing on your behalf."
LaRose, a cosponsor of the legislation, said "I am pleased we were able to reach a bipartisan consensus to pass legislation that will support and create thousands of new jobs for hardworking Ohioans over the next two years."