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Ohio proposals would overhaul how Ohio draws congressional, legislative district lines


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a pair of proposals to revamp how Ohio draws its legislative and congressional district boundaries.

The state alters legislative and U.S. House district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census.

Currently, the Legislature decides congressional district lines. Ohio House and Senate districts are set by a five-member board of statewide officeholders and legislative appointees.

Rep. Matt Huffman of Lima wants to overhaul the process.

His plan would create a six-member legislative committee to create congressional districts. The lines would require a minority-party vote and final approval from General Assembly. Legislative maps would be redrawn by a seven-member panel that includes the governor, secretary of state, auditor and four legislative appointees. A minority-party vote would be need for adoption.

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