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Ohio's 4-year map penalty might be backfiring

 Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.
Andy Chow
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Ohio Public Radio
Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

The Ohio legislature has until the end of the week to approve a new congressional district map after the previous map was invalidated by the state supreme court. As the process continues, it seems that a provision in the state constitution intended to help lawmakers reach a compromise might be backfiring.

Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a bipartisan agreement on new legislative and congressional district maps. Due to a change in the state constitution, that means the maps will only last four years.

Republican House Speaker Bob Cupp said the threat of a four-year map was supposed to encourage the parties to work together.

"I don't think it's worked out that way. In fact, the incentive may be to do a four-year map and to see what happens in four years and whether that changes the political dynamics."

Other redistricting reform advocates added to the criticism said four-year maps allow both parties to weigh their options for the future.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.