Published Thu, Sep 29, 2011 1:42 pm Dateline
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has reconvened the board charged with drawing new state legislative districts to address civil-rights concerns raised by the leader of the legislative Black Caucus.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the state Apportionment Board will meet again Friday.
The board will take up an amendment to the Republican-drawn map proposed by Ohio Legislative Black Caucus leader Sandra Williams.
It deals with the proposed lines for the districts of two Cleveland-area lawmakers who are black, state Sens. Nina Turner and Shirley Smith.
Her proposed change was dropped before Wednesday's vote following questions from House Minority Leader Armond Budish. Williams said Thursday she is concerned about the map's impact on African-American representation.
The panel has until Saturday to approve a map for the next decade.