A bipartisan redistrict agreement is awaiting Ohio House approval after the Senate passed the measure early this morning.
The measure would create a seven-member panel to redraw legislative district lines. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt the boundaries for the 10-year period. Lacking those votes, the majority would draw them. They would initially be good for four years, and the panel would then try again. Both political parties have acknowledged flaws in Ohio's current system, which is frequently criticized as partisan. If approved by the House, the measure would need to go before the voters next fall. District lines are altered every ten years to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census Bureau.