House Speaker Calls For Session On Congressional Map

Democrats say the GOP-backed map unfairly protects Republican majorities.(Photo: Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee)
Democrats say the GOP-backed map unfairly protects Republican majorities.(Photo: Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee)

Republican Speaker Bill Batchelder is calling the Ohio House back into session today to vote on a new congressional map that Republicans say addresses the concerns of Democrats threatening a ballot challenge.

Democrats have started circulating petitions for a possible referendum on the map they call unfair.

A spokesman for the Republican House Caucus said last night it was still unclear if there were enough votes to pass the new map.

Legislation set to be unveiled ahead of the floor vote will include details of the new map as well, as a provision returning to one primary election in 2012. The Presidential and Congressional primaries were pushed from March to June because of delays in finalizing Congressional districts.

The Senate has been told to “stand by” for the House vote.

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