Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) released the following statement in response to efforts in the Ohio General Assembly to reform the process of congressional redistricting:

"Recently, Statehouse Democrats began talking with our Republican counterparts to see if it’s possible to reach bipartisan consensus on congressional redistricting reform. However, in doing so we do not want to undermine the efforts of non-partisan groups now working to get the issue on the ballot in November 2018.
"The position of the Senate Democratic Caucus has always been that we will discuss congressional redistricting reform with anyone who will negotiate in good faith. Republicans have proposed a four-person bipartisan working group to discuss the issue. We are amenable to that idea.  However, we want a fair and open legislative process that includes: televised public meetings, expert testimony, the right of each caucus to select its own member of the working group, and a commitment to put forward a joint resolution only if agreed upon by all members. 
"This week, Republican Leadership informed us that they will put a congressional redistricting reform plan on the May 2018 ballot even without bipartisan support. Such strong-arm tactics do not bode well for a constructive dialogue.
"Despite these difficulties, we still hope it is possible for the General Assembly to reach an agreement by working on a truly bipartisan basis." 

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