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Rep. Sears: Once in a 10 Year Chance

Columbus—State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township) agreed with today’s Toledo Blade editorial on the need for the Ohio General Assembly to come back into session immediately to debate redistricting reform.

“On May 27th, 2010, I voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 15 which passed the Ohio House with overwhelming bipartisan support”, Sears said. “It has been two months since that time, and the Speaker has not called us back into session to deal with this important issue.”

House Joint Resolution 15, which allows for voters to review a proposal of General Assembly districts in November of this year, passed with a vote of 69-28 on the House floor. The process of redistricting allows for analysis to be done, making each of the districts more fairly represented.

Sears explained, “Redistricting is a priority for Ohioans and now is the only time we can pass this meaningful reform. Without swift action, we will have to wait another 10 years for an opportunity like this.”

Speaker Armond Budish’s calendar for the House has the members returning for two possible days in September and then not returning again until after the election in November. Redistricting reform must be completed by August 3rd in order to be on the November ballot.

“I, for one, would be happy to come back to Columbus to vote on redistricting reform. Obviously this is not a priority for the Governor or the House Majority Caucus,” Representative Sears finished.