COLUMBUS-- State Senator Scott Oelslager (R- North Canton) recently applauded the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5, which revises the process by which Ohio draws its legislative and Congressional districts following the decennial census.
"Ohioans deserve a redistricting process that encourages members of both parties to come together, and the bipartisan process outline in SJR 5 is a step in the right direction," said Oelslager, who co-sponsored the measure. "Additionally, the plan calls for districts that reflect the complex makeup of Ohio while fully complying with all state and federal laws."
Under Senate Joint Resolution 5, 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 political party other than the largest one represented on the commission.