LaRose introduces congressional redistricting reform proposal
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:45 AM
State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3, designed to infuse greater balance and transparency into the redistricting process. This legislation ensures that congressional districts are drawn in a bipartisan manner by applying safeguards and processes established for state legislative redistricting to the current method used to draw congressional district lines.
SJR 3 ensures that the state legislature maintains its ability to craft our congressional districts, so long as the district plans pass each chamber through special supermajority voting requirements and meet the same guidelines established for state legislative redistricting.
"My goal is to establish a redistricting process that does not favor the interests of one political party or another but that works for all Ohioans," LaRose said. "While I believe that the plan I have put forward accomplishes this, I recognize that it could always be improved. I welcome the input of my colleagues, and I look forward to hearing their ideas on how we can improve and build on this proposal."
Currently, the state legislature redraws the U.S. congressional districts every ten years by a simple majority vote.
If the state legislature is incapable of coming to an agreement on the redistricting maps, the Ohio Redistricting Commission would be required to adopt a congressional district plan through the same processes which Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved as State Issue 1 on the November 2015 ballot.
“The current winner-take all approach, used in our state for the congressional redistricting process, is unsustainable and leads to unnecessary friction and dysfunction. The citizens of Ohio demand reform," LaRose said. "SJR 3 would require bipartisan compromise, compelling statesmen and women to work cooperatively to draw fair and straightforward congressional district maps.”
SJR 3 will soon be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.