Bipartisan Senate proposal aims to overhaul how Ohio draws its congressional district lines

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bipartisan proposal in Ohio seeks to overhaul how the swing state draws its congressional districts.

The resolution from Republican Frank LaRose of Copley and Democrat Tom Sawyer of Akron mirrors a plan to change the map-making process for state legislative districts. Voters will have their say on that issue this fall.

The proposal on the ballot would create a seven-member commission to draw political boundaries.

Commission members would be the governor, secretary of state, auditor and four legislative appointees. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt a 10-year map. Without them, the majority could draw only short-term maps.

The Senate resolution introduced Wednesday would allow the proposed commission to draw congressional lines, too. It comes after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

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