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Senate president removes himself from Ohio Redistricting Commission as deadline looms

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

There will be a new member of the Ohio Redistricting Commission for Wednesday's meeting, two days before a fifth attempt at legal House and Senate maps is due to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) was appointed by Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) to replace him on the seven-member Republican commission.

McColley helped create the 15-district Congressional map approved by Republican state lawmakers in November, which the Ohio Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutionally gerrymandered. A second congressional map was passed by Republicans on the commission, and is still under review. But voters in the May primary cast ballots for candidates in districts from that second, still-disputed map.

Huffman didn’t give a reason for the change, but he and Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) have been singled out by the court’s majority for controlling the process to maintain an advantage for Republicans.

If maps aren’t passed and upheld by the court by May 28, a federal court saidit will implement a set of maps ruled unconstitutional in March.

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