Published Tue, Sep 20, 2011 7:51 am Dateline
The Ohio Senate is poised to take up a Republican-drawn U.S. House map in committee today.
The map, which critics say was drawn to protect Republicans' majority in Ohio's congressional delegation, was passed out of the state House in three days last week.
Ohio House Republicans have defended the map, saying it complies with all constitutional and legal mandates, including districts of relatively equal population and protection of minority voters.
Senate Democrats had introduced their own map on Monday, saying it splits cities and counties fewer times than the GOP map and contains more competitive districts.
But a spokesman for state Senate Republicans says the Democratic map may violate federal laws that require districts of substantially equal population and districts where minorities have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.