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Ohio Redistricting Commission has until Monday to explain why they shouldn't be held in contempt

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Dan Konik
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Ohio Public Radio
The Ohio Redistricting Commission meets on the morning of March 28, 2022.

The Ohio Supreme Court has given members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission until Monday morning to explain why they should not be held in contempt after making minor changes to and submitting state legislative maps that were previously ruled unconstitutional by the court.

The redistricting commission officials have until Monday, April 4 at 9 am to submit their response.

The ruling is in response to groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, CAIR-Ohio, and the Ohio Environmental Council petitioning the court to start contempt proceedings against the four Republicans who voted for the maps.

Hours before a deadline from the Ohio Supreme Court, the state body charged with drawing new legislative district maps voted to bypass the work of two independent consultants and instead made minor changes to maps previously ruled unconstitutional by the court.

This is the second time the redistricting commission has had to explain why they shouldn't be held in contempt of court. In February, the state's high court ordered the members of the commission to explain why they shouldn't be held in contempt after failing to meet the court's deadline to submit new legislative maps.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.