Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives reached agreement on bipartisan redistricting reform plan (HJR 12), which the Senate passed early this morning 28-1:
The passage of redistricting reform is a victory for bipartisanship and for the citizens of Ohio.  HJR 12 represents a significant improvement over Ohio’s current system of drawing legislative maps that leads to gerrymandered districts.  We hope this legislation will lead to more competitive elections that better reflect the political diversity of Ohio.
“Senate Democrats spent many months negotiating in good faith to reach agreement on a plan that was fair and bipartisan.  We worked with the Senate majority, our counterparts in the Ohio House and the Constitutional Modernization Commission.  We remained committed to passing redistricting reform before the end of this General Assembly even when it looked unlikely. Thankfully, our efforts and the tireless work of Rep. Vernon Sykes and other reform advocates paid off.”


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