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State Bar Association Opposes Redistricting Proposal

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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The Ohio State Bar Association is opposing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change how legislative and congressional districts are drawn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Bar Association is opposing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in the state.

The proposal would take away map-drawing powers from elected officials and put them in the hands of a 12-person citizen commission. The OSBA said Wednesday it was concerned about the proposal’s requirement to have a panel of appellate court judges approve the commission.

The association said there could be a conflict of interest if the commission’s proposed plans are ever challenged in the state’s Supreme Court.

The Voters First coalition, which is spearheading the effort, has collected 406,000 valid signatures to qualify the proposal for the fall ballot. A message left for the group was not immediately returned.

The Ohio Republican Party is fighting the measure.

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