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Ohio senators propose setting redistricting panel

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 08:30 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Senators in Ohio have proposed a measure that would set up a commission to redraw Ohio’s political maps every decade.  

The proposal, in the form of a constitutional amendment, would create the Ohio Redistricting Commission. It would include the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four people appointed by legislative leaders — none of whom could be active lawmakers.

The commission would be responsible for updating the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

The lawmakers presented details of their proposal Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing where no vote was taken.

The measure directs members of the commission to avoid splitting a county, municipal corporation, township or ward when drawing the maps. The proposal calls for all the commission’s meetings to be open to the public and broadcast online.
 

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