GOP Senators Want Changes in Redistricting Committee

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Republican state senators want a louder voice for the minority party when Ohio’s congressional boundaries are redrawn in 2012.

A bill advanced by Senators Kevin Coughlin (COG’-lihn) and Gary Cates (KATES) would add the minority leaders of both the Ohio House and Senate to the apportionment board.

The board currently has five members, including the governor, state auditor and secretary of state. A fourth member must be from the same party that controls the House. A fifth member is selected by the minority-party leaders of the House and Senate. Under that scenario, Democrats currently would control at least three seats.

The senators’ proposal includes both parties from both chambers, so if Republicans won the secretary of state’s race in 2010, they would gain control.