Published Wed, Sep 28, 2011 5:38 am Dateline
Republican-drawn boundaries for Ohio's legislative districts are poised to clear a state board Wednesday, likely bolstering the GOP's grip on the General Assembly for the next decade.
The Ohio Apportionment Board is charged with redrawing the lines every 10 years to reflect shifts in population after each census.
A plan drawn by the board's staff would pit three House Democrats against Republicans, and several other Democrats could potentially compete with one another in merged Democratic districts.
A majority of the Apportionment Board must OK the new lines.
The panel consists of four Republicans - Gov. John Kasich, Senate President Tom Niehaus, Auditor Dave Yost and Secretary of State Jon Husted - and one
Democrat, House Minority Leader Armond Budish.
Republicans control the Ohio House and Senate.