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.
"The dedicated professionals who devote their lives to educating our students should be able to do their jobs without the fear of violence," said LaRose. "Ohio's leaders deserve our support and protection."
"Online voter registration is a significant step forward for Ohio. State and local governments will achieve major cost savings while maintaining the accuracy of voter records, improving convenience and reducing the chance of fraud."
"This budget plan funds essential priorities in a way that is both efficient and equitable," said LaRose. "It is a balanced plan that continues to reduce barriers to economic growth while investing in education and maintaining support for the people who need it most."
"For 125 years, Akron Children's has earned a reputation for serving children with the highest level of professionalism and expertise," said LaRose. "As the father of three daughters, I rest easy at night knowing that a world-class children's hospital like Akron Children's is right in our backyard."