Last Thursday, House Republicans outmaneuvered their Democratic counterparts, getting them to vote down two proposals designed to create a better system of drawing legislative and congressional districts. After Democrats defeated the initial GOP-sponsored plan, Republicans put them on the spot by resurrecting a 14-month-old proposal sponsored by Cincinnati Democrat Rep. Steve Driehaus.
Democrats are viewed as having the best chance in decades of wresting control of the Ohio Apportionment Board, a panel that redraws legislative district boundaries every 10 years. Its members are the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and two legislators. Ohio will elect a new governor, auditor and secretary of state in November. At a post-session news conference, Democrats accused Republicans of an election year "gimmick" and Driehaus insisted on more time to study the issue and reach a consensus.
Read more about redistricting in the following Ohio House Joint Resolutions:
HJR 6: http://www.gongwer-oh.com/126/resolutions/hjr6.pdf
HJR 13: http://www.gongwer-oh.com/126/resolutions/hjr13.pdf