Ohio lawmakers won’t adjust redistricting ballot issue


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s Senate president says a fall ballot issue proposing changes to Ohio’s system for drawing legislative districts won’t be revisited to include congressional lines as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) said the swing state’s lawmakers lack time to make adjustments before an Aug. 5 deadline.

Faber’s comments came Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission. Some suggested Ohio’s redistricting proposal should be expanded in response.

Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley plans legislation soon to overhaul Ohio’s congressional map-making process to mirror a bipartisan compromise on legislative lines that’s before voters in November.

It establishes a seven-member commission to draw lines and requires two minority-party votes to adopt a 10-year map.

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