Updated Fri, Dec 16, 2011 5:08 am
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a bill that puts in place new U.S. House district lines and reunites the state's primaries to March 6.
The legislation cleared the state Legislature with bipartisan votes on Wednesday night. Lawmakers wanted to avoid holding a second primary in June for presidential and U.S. House candidates.
It would have cost taxpayers an additional $15 million.
The law puts an end to months of political wrangling over the congressional map. It also establishes a task force to recommend changes to the mapmaking process.
Ohio's primaries were separated in October to give lawmakers more time to compromise on the congressional boundaries.
Democrats had been gathering signatures in an effort to ask voters to repeal a separate Republican-drawn map on next year's ballots.