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.
"I am thrilled to recognize the Soap Box Derby champions from my district," said Senator LaRose. "These young people have demonstrated tremendous skill, perseverance and creativity in constructing and racing their cars."
|State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) today received the Small Business Advocate Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Ohio's small businesses.
Every year, the group of small business owners who comprise COSE's Advocacy Committee awards the honor to an elected official who has led a specific initiative to promote small business success.
Last year, LaRose sponsored a comprehensive reform package that cuts red tape and reduces regulatory barriers for small businesses. Endorsed by COSE, Senate Bill 3 introduced greater transparency into the state's rulemaking process by reforming rulemaking, rule review and regulatory procedures for small businesses. It also cements into Ohio law an innovative tool that LaRose helped develop to make the rulemaking process more transparent and responsive: RuleWatch Ohio (http://www.rulewatchohio.gov).
"There is nothing small about the importance of Ohio's small businesses," said LaRose. "These entrepreneurial men and women are what makes Ohio great and their efforts keep our economy moving, so Ohio families can thrive. COSE is a leading voice for Ohio's small business community, so I sincerely value their recognition."
Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 3 into law on June 17, 2014.
For more than 40 years, COSE has connected small businesses with the resources and support they need to grow and thrive. For more information, visithttp://www.cose.org.
"As a legislator, my first priority is hearing from my constituents about the issues that impact their lives," said LaRose. "Office hours are an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas that inform my everyday work."
"This legislation represents a collaborative, bipartisan effort to keep Ohio families safe from the worst criminals in society," said Senator LaRose. "It will equip law enforcement officers and prosecutors to do their jobs more effectively while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens."