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Ohio’s only statewide issue on the May 8 primary ballot nearly didn’t make it – though it’s been talked about for decades. There's a long history of the complicated Issue 1, which some activists call a historic effort to change the way the Ohio’s Congressional district map is created.

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Voters on May 8 have a chance to change the way Ohio draws Congressional maps. Issue 1 would require more bipartisanship in a line-drawing process that currently has few rules.

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School districts around the state were forced to change their standardized testing schedules because of a system malfunction. Ohio’s testing vendor, the American Institutes for Research, told the state that students were not able to log-in and access their tests. 

Reps. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Matt Huffman (R-Lima) chaired the 2015 campaign for Issue 1 on Statehouse redistricting. Now in the Senate, Huffman is working on a Congressional redistricting plan he says will be similar.
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After a week of closed-door negotiations that failed to reach a compromise, state lawmakers have added a rare Monday afternoon session, in case they need to vote on changing the way Ohio’s Congressional map is drawn.

Jo Ingles

It’s crunch time for Ohio lawmakers wrangling with Congressional redistricting reform.

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Two Republican state lawmakers have issued apologies for disparaging remarks they made earlier this week at a roast for a departing employee earlier this week. But some lawmakers are demanding more than apologies – they want a change in the culture they say is prevalent in the general assembly.

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Supporters of a redistricting plan that might be on the November ballot are critical of a Republican bill being considered by Ohio lawmakers that would let them retain control over the process of drawing Congressional district lines.

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Lawmakers are off and running on the contentious issue of changing the way the map of Ohio’s Congressional districts is drawn. Reforming that process is meant to stop the practice of gerrymandering, when the lines benefit one party over another. But the outline of a new proposal has caused a rift between several groups.

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On election night two years ago, Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio couldn’t have been more thrilled.

“It’s like Christmas,” Turcer said. “I got the best present, and the thing that’s exciting is that this is for all of us.”

Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima, right) talks to a group of superintendents from his Senate district in western Ohio who helped him create the Public School Deregulation Act.
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A Republican state senator wants to roll back almost a hundred requirements on school districts. The requirements range from mandates on school personnel to directives for students in classrooms.

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