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House Speaker Says Ohio Redistricting Commission Will Miss Another Deadline

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate President Matt Huffman, House Speaker Bob Cupp, both Republicans, and Democratic state Sen. Vernon Sykes speak to Auditor Keith Faber at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, ahead of the first meeting Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, of the Ohio Redistricting Commission on which they all sit.
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Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate President Matt Huffman, House Speaker Bob Cupp, both Republicans, and Democratic state Sen. Vernon Sykes speak to Auditor Keith Faber at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, ahead of the first meeting Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, of the Ohio Redistricting Commission on which they all sit.

The Ohio Redistricting Commission will miss the constitutional deadline to approve a new Congressional district map, after missing two deadlines in creating new Ohio House and Ohio Senate maps last month.

House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, said the commission will hold a hearing to look over Congressional district map proposals on Thursday.

But Cupp said the commission will miss the deadline to actually approve a map. That means the process will go back to the Ohio House and Senate for a joint committee.

"We hope to have a schedule available relatively soon so we want to begin November at work on these," Cupp said.

The Ohio General Assembly missed its first deadline to approve a map before the end of September. That's when the opportunity switched to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. But Cupp said the delay in U.S. Census Bureau data in addition to the lawsuits over the state legislative district maps stalled the mapmakers process for getting a proposal done in time.

The Ohio Redistricting Commission also missed two deadlines for those Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps in September.

The General Assembly has until the end of November to pass a Congressional district plan, which will go from 16 to 15 seats this year. A 10-year map would need a three-fifths vote, with approval from at least one-third of the Democratic caucus.

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