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.
Officials from the Ohio Senate joined officials from the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday to host a joint agriculture committee meeting at the Ohio State Fair. Senator Frank LaRose was joined by Senators Cliff Hite, Bob Peterson, Troy Balderson, and Lou Gentile.
State Senator Frank LaRose today spoke at the grand opening of Wooster Renewable Energy, the retrofit of an anaerobic digestion facility at the city of Wooster’s Water Pollution Control Plant. This first-of-its-kind project used advanced technology provided by Cleveland-based Quasar Energy Group allowing the plant to transform from a traditional wastewater treatment plant to a modern water resource recovery facility.
Senator Frank LaRose will hold open office hours throughout the district on Saturday, July 26, 2014. LaRose represents the 27th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses portions of Summit and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.