State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) issued the following statement on the Redistricting proposal voted out of the General Assembly today:


“I’ve been told by voters that people should pick their Representatives - not a rigged political system that permits Representatives to pick the people they want to represent. 


“Burning a process into the state constitution because we cannot break through the partisanship of a rigged system is an indictment of our present political status. Colleague after colleague said they are hopeful this will bring about better relationships; I submit to my constituents that hope is not a strategy.


“I have problem with burning a political process into the State constitution.  I have a problem with designating a batch of communities that can be carved up by partisan map drafters, I have a problem that legislators didn’t go far enough to define what it means that maps cannot be drawn to unduly favor or disfavor a political party. Lastly, I have a problem with the rush to put this bill out ahead of the citizen led initiative when we could have taken more time to develop a better process; one not burned into the constitution.


“The redistricting proposal before the General Assembly is being rushed through for political reasons – so it can beat the citizens led initiative to the ballot box. A more favorable process does not equal a fair process and we need more time to come together to ensure this outcome.”


Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 5 does the following with respect to redistricting the state’s Congressional districts:


-Sixty-five counties cannot be split, eighteen can be split once, and five can be split twice.


-A ten-year map is proposed by the General Assembly that must garner three-fifths vote of each chamber and fifty percent of the minority caucus.


-If the map cannot be agreed on, the Ohio Redistricting Commission will draw a 10 year map and will need two minority votes from a seven member body.


-If the commission is unsuccessful, the General Assembly must draw a map and obtain a three –fifths vote in each chamber and one-third of the minority in each caucus.


-If the three-step process fails, a four year map will be drawn with a simple majority, but cannot be drawn to “unduly favor or disfavor one political party”; legislators would be required to detail in the bill language, why the districts were drawn in that manner.

 
 
 
  
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Ohio House Passes Measure Urging Selection Of Camp Ravenna As Missile Defense System

 

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren), Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the Ohio House for unanimously passing Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 8, which calls on the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (USMDA) to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for a future east coast Missile Defense system. MDA, a sub-agency of the Department of Defense (DOD), announced its consideration of Camp Ravenna among two other locations for a potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors for homeland defense.