Foes Of Ohio Union Limits Join Redistricting Fight

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The well-funded campaign behind the 2011 repeal of Ohio's collective bargaining law is throwing its might behind a constitutional amendment that would take away elected officials' power to draw legislative and congressional districts.

The labor-backed We Are Ohio coalition led the successful repeal of union limits for public workers. It said Monday it will join the nonpartisan Ohio Voters First organization. Its decision will mean additional money and volunteers helping to qualify the amendment for this fall's ballot.

The proposal calls for creating a non-partisan independent citizens' commission responsible for drawing Ohio's legislative and congressional boundaries in the state. No politicians or lobbyists would be permitted to sit on the citizens' commission.

Voters first must collect roughly 386,000 valid signatures to get the amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot.