Ohio senator eyes redistricting changes after court ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio senator says he’s planning to introduce legislation soon to overhaul how the swing state draws its congressional districts.

Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley says his proposal would mirror a bipartisan effort to change the map-making process for state legislative districts.

That plan, which is slated to go before voters this fall, establishes a seven-member commission to draw the lines. 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.

LaRose’s comments about his proposal came Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

Ohio’s Senate president and House speaker were still reviewing the court’s decision.

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