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Legislator Sees Advantages To Drawing New Redistricting Maps For Only Four Years

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Andy Chow, Statehouse News Bureau
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Redrawing new Ohio House, Senate and congressional district maps is dragging into primary season.

The Ohio legislature has until the end of the week to approve a new congressional district map after the previous map was invalidated by the state supreme court. As the process continues, it seems that a provision in the state constitution intended to help lawmakers reach a compromise might be backfiring.

Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a bipartisan agreement on new legislative and congressional district maps. Due to a change in the state constitution, that means the maps will only last four-years.

Republican House Speaker Bob Cupp says the threat of a four-year map was supposed to encourage the parties to work together.

"I don't think it's worked out that way. In fact, the incentive may be to do a four year map and to see what happens in four years and whether that changes the political dynamics."

Other redistricting reform advocates added to the criticism saying four-year maps allow both parties to weigh their options for the future.