CLEVELAND, Ohio – Republicans in the state legislature are fine-tuning a plan they say would improve the way congressional districts are drawn in Ohio.
Democrats aren’t convinced.
And leaders of a citizen-fueled petition drive aimed at allowing Ohioans to vote on their version of reform say the GOP plan is so bad that it could motivate petition collectors to work even harder.
This plan could be on express. Sen. Matt Huffman of Lima said the plan he first outlined publicly on Wednesday could be formally introduced in the Senate on Monday, with passage possible in time to place the proposal on the May ballot – ahead of the separate citizens petition effort that cannot go to the ballot until November.
His GOP colleague on a redistricting working group, Rep. Kirk Schuring of Canton, said he hopes feedback could lead to an agreement with their Democratic counterparts, Rep. Jack Cera of Bellaire and Sen. Vernon Sykes of Akron.