Later this month, lawmakers will return to Columbus to continue our efforts to improve Ohio. While we accomplished a great deal during the first half of this year, there is still much work ahead of us, and I wanted to give you a preview of some of the issues we will be discussing in the weeks and months ahead. One of our major priorities will be to complete the redistricting process for Ohio's Congressional districts. As you know, the number of Congressional representatives for each state is determined every 10 years by the results of the U.S. Census. Although Ohio's population did increase slightly during the past decade, the gains were not enough to offset those in other states, and as a result Ohio's U.S. House delegation will drop from 18 members to 16. In July and August, members of both the Senate and House traveled throughout the state to gather input from the public about redistricting, with additional hearings being held this month in Columbus. This feedback will be used by legislators to create the new Congressional maps. While there is no official timetable for when Ohio's new Congressional district map must be adopted by the General Assembly, it must be completed to give candidates enough time to file paperwork for the 2012 primary election in May. We will also be examining possible changes to Ohio's pension and workers' compensation systems. Members have been looking at possible alternatives to the systems' current structures for several months, but are mindful that any reforms must receive thoughtful consideration and input from those who would be affected. Lawmakers will also continue to work on policy initiatives related to economic development and jobs creation as well as improvements to our education system and government reform. These areas have been a focus for the Senate since the beginning of this legislative session, and will remain so as we seek to revitalize our economy and get our state back on track. Tip of the month: The Ohio Department of Education recently released school report cards for the 2010-2011 school year. To view the report cards of your local school district and individual buildings within the district, as well as definitions and other information about the statistics used to compile the report cards, please visit www.reportcard.ohio.gov.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing SD13@senate.state.oh.us.
 
 
 
  
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