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Ohio lawmakers prepare for next step in Congressional redistricting

REDISTRICTING HEARING 7
Daniel Konik
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Statehouse News Bureau
Senate Local Government and Elections committee holds hearing on proposed Congressional district maps.

The joint committee is the latest step towards reaching a deal before the next constitutional deadline.

Ohio House and Senate leaders are preparing to meet in order to put together a new Congressional district map.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers from both chambers will be part of the joint committee, which is required to hold public hearings on a proposed Congressional map.

Voter rights advocates have criticized the maps put forth by Republicans saying the maps strongly favor the GOP and leave only two districts that lean in favor of Democrats.

Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio, says it's important for citizens to keep fighting against gerrymandering.

"Yes, we're tired but we're gonna keep going because of course, voters deserve better," says Turcer.

A 10-year map requires bipartisan support but the legislature could pass a four-year map with a simple majority, which the Republicans have in the House and Senate.

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