Huffman: Not Practical for General Assembly to Draw New Congressional Map by Deadline
DENVER -- Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) told Hannah
News Tuesday that while there is not any decision on how lawmakers will
move forward after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the most recent
congressional map, he is not sure it will be practical for lawmakers to get it
done in the 30 days prescribed by law.
In a 4-3 decision issued last month, the Court invalidated
the second set of congressional district boundaries by the Ohio Redistricting
Commission earlier this year, ordering a new set of maps to be produced under
the provisions of the Ohio Constitution. (See The Hannah Report,
Under Article XIX of the Ohio Constitution, the General
Assembly has 30 days to produce a new plan if a Court invalidates an adopted
plan. If lawmakers fail within that timeframe, it goes to the Ohio
Redistricting Commission, which has another 30 days to adopt a new plan.
Huffman said there is no decision on how to proceed at this
“Part of the issue in terms of a legislative decision is
there’s a primary Aug. 2 and getting everyone’s collective attention to come
back and have committee hearings and doing all of that is certainly problematic
as an understatement,” Huffman said.
He said as a practical matter, drawing a new map and getting
both chambers to agree to it, as well as getting two-thirds of each chamber to
vote in favor of it for it to take effectively is going to be difficult in the
30-day time limit.
“I don’t know the practicality about it. I think that’s not
going to work,” Huffman said.
Story originally published in The Hannah Report on August 2, 2022. Copyright 2022 Hannah News Service, Inc.