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Lawmakers Crafting Plan Focused On Congressional District Lines

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The bipartisan duo of lawmakers that pushed for redistricting reform on the state level is now focused on congressional districts.

Republican Senator Frank LaRose and Democratic Senator Tom Sawyer, both from the Akron area, have a joint resolution in the General Assembly to bring more fairness to congressional district maps.

Now the two senators are also taking their plan to the Constitutional Modernization Commission, another path to a constitutional amendment.

LaRose says they’re trying both options in case one might be faster than the other.

“We’ll move on those parallel tracks to try and get this in front of voters as soon as possible so that hopefully next year or the year after they can approve congressional redistricting,” LaRose said.

Issue 1 on this November’s ballot would change only state legislative district drawing. Supporters say it will prevent gerrymandering, which is when districts are drawn to benefit one political party over the other.