Redistricting Process Being Endorsed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Three more groups are endorsing a plan to reform Ohio’s redistricting process.

The Ohio State Bar Association, which represents Ohio lawyers and judges, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, one of the state’s largest business organizations, and Nuns on the Bus, a Catholic social justice organization, have all endorsed the plan.

The plan attempts to lessen the impact of partisan politics. It would create a commission made up of the governor, secretary of state, auditor and four legislative appointees who would draw the lines. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt a 10-year legislative map. Without them, the majority would only be able to draw a map lasting four years.

Backers of the plan say it has endorsements from 29 groups.