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.
"We uphold the high ideals of public service and deliberative democracy when we conduct the people’s business with civility and collegiality. Perhaps more important than this is the simple truth that only through civil dialogue can we solve the complex problems facing our state and nation. We can’t view compromise as caving and civility as weakness. These are essential tools for better governing."
“In order for me to effectively represent you in Columbus, I need to hear from you, which is why it's important to hold monthly meetings so that I am able to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents,” LaRose said.
As the warmth of summer slowly fades into the crisp fall harvest season, Ohio’s farmers are firing up their combines for what they hope will be a good crop. Recently, I have been contacted by individuals from the agricultural community regarding their property taxes. The complex formula used by the Ohio Department of Taxation is known as the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). This is a multifaceted issue, but whether you are a farmer or a member of the community, it is important to understand how these values are calculated.