State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement on Senator LaRose’s Senate Joint Resolution 3, a proposal dealing with congressional redistricting in Ohio:

“Senate Joint Resolution 3 likely arrives too late to get the legislature to approve anything to go before voters. The GOP has dragged its feet on this for three years. This plan is very similar to one that Democrats didn’t like in recent negotiations because it does not sufficiently limit the ability to carve up the state any way the map drawers want to. We could end up with another gerrymandered map where half the vote wins three quarters of the districts.

“Senator LaRose says his plan requires bipartisan support but that’s incorrect. Two thirds of the Senate and House are all that’s needed to approve a map under his plan. The Ohio House and Senate are both so gerrymandered that they are two-thirds Republican.”

Without any law changes, in 2021, state legislators elected under the current state map will draw the next congressional district map that will be in place until 2032.

Rep. Clyde is the Ranking Member of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee which hears election bills. She traveled the state with the 2011 Apportionment Board to hear public testimony during the last state map drawing cycle. She was a member of the 2012 Redistricting Reform Task Force and has presented proposals to reform congressional redistricting to the House and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, on which she also serves.

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