A long time coming. Redistricting reform plan passes House, clearing way for voter approval.
ProgressOhio’s Sandy Theis and the ProgressOhio staff would like to thank the following individuals & organizations who made this a reality.
- Members of the Voice of the People Coalition
- Former State Rep. Joan W. Lawrence
- Catherine Turcer & Sam Gresham of CommonCuase Ohio
- League of Woman Voters
- Former State Sen. Jeff Jacobson
- OSU Professors Richard Gunther & Dan Tokaji
- House & Senate Leaders and Staff
- Everyone who helped along the way
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bipartisan plan changing how the state draws its legislative districts, sending the measure to voters next year for approval.
The House voted 81-7 to approve changes made to House Joint Resolution 12 by the Senate early Friday morning.
Changes to Ohio’s redistricting process have been introduced in every legislative session since 1978, but Wednesday’s vote marks the first time both chambers have agreed on a plan. The plan does not change how congressional districts are drawn.
Critics of the current method and the proposal’s supporters say it will make the process less partisan and more transparent.
“I think it will be a new day in Ohio in terms of how apportionment happens,” Rep. Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, said on the House floor. “It will be a clearer process, one I think fairer to the general public and most importantly, I think the general public will understand how these things happen.”