State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement today after the Redistricting Commission failed to meet its constitutional duty to release, hold three hearings on, and adopt a state legislative district map by Sept. 1. Even though other maps have been presented to the Commission, the Commission itself has neither produced nor worked on one, and co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has not given a date that the Commission will propose a map for review.
“We are here to work for the people of Ohio. Ohio’s Constitution required the Commission to release a map by September 1. Not meeting the deadline is unacceptable and disrespectful to every hardworking Ohioan who did their part and testified on the importance of fair maps for our state,” said Rep. Howse.
“The Commission needs to get back to work and do what is necessary to secure fair maps and better representation, so everyone can live the American Dream right here at home.”
The Commission met Tuesday but adjourned without scheduling its next meeting.