Redistricting Bill Advances

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While groups called for more time to review the maps, a state House committee has advanced a bill that would redraw Ohio's congressional lines.

The proposal was passed along party lines, with unanimous opposition by Democrats who wanted more time for public review of the map.

The map is expected to be taken up on the House floor by the end of the week. It also would need to be passed by the state Senate.

State Sen. Keith Faber tells The Associated Press that he's seen the maps, but it's too early to say whether the Senate will swiftly pass them. Faber chairs the Senate Redistricting Committee.

State legislators were handed the task of creating new boundaries when slow population growth in Ohio lost it two U.S. House districts.