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HJR 11 (federal legislative districts) and HJR 12 (state legislative redistricts) were recently introduced in the Ohio General Assembly.  Under HJR 12, a seven member panel, including the governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, and four legislative appointments (two from each party) creates the districts.  A member of the minority party must vote in favor […]

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Read or listen to two WKSU radio broadcasts concerning the current work of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission: Ohio’s constitutional update could eliminate school funding mandate Ohio’s ‘sprawling behemoths’ are next up for Constitutional Modernization Also see some of our posts on these issues: Remove Wording Requiring Thorough and Efficient System of Public Education from […]

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An Akron Beacon Journal editorial states that Ohio can not wait for the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission or the legislature to reform redistricting, and a citizen-led  initiative petition drive should be started.  See Redistricting reform? Start the petition drive.   Another interesting article on redistricting and term limits appeared in the Columbus Dispatch.

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Per the Akron Beacon Journal: The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s Legislative & Executive Branch Committee agreed that a seven-member board should draw new legislative and congressional districts, beginning after the 2020 census. A supermajority, including at least one member of the minority party, would be needed to pass a plan. Akron Beacon Journal article

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Secretary of State Jon Husted spoke to the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission concerning  changing the state’s process for drawing legislative and congressional districts.   According to a recent Plain Dealer Article, Nov. 14, 2013. His [Husted’s] recommendations: The apportionment board should be expanded from five to seven, so that at least two members of the […]

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Ohio Supreme Court case: Wilson v. Kasich,  (Original Action) 2012-Ohio-5017. Redistricting plan did not violate  Article XI of the Ohio Constitution.

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Both Ballot Issues Fail

Ohio voters did not approve either of these issues: Issue One – whether to hold a constitutional convention, Issue Two – Redistricting amendment. Ballot language.  Cleveland.com article.

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Ohio Ballot Board creates new ballot language for Issue 2 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision.  Plain Dealer article.  Text of the Ballot language.

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Supreme Court orders the Ballot Board to change the ballot language for the Redistricting amendment. State ex. rel. Voters First v. Ohio Ballot Board, Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-4149.

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Deadline for filing signatures for ballot initiatives passes – only one ballot issue submitted.  Signatures were submitted for the  Ohio Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment, but not for others, such as the proposed medical marijuana amendments, repeal of the gay marriage ban and “Personhood Ohio” will not be on the ballot this year.  PD article.

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