News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Akron Children's Hospital

Metro RTA

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics

Ohio Supreme Court upholds maps for state House and Senate districts
Results from the 2012 election showed that the maps were not fair and representative 

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Supreme Court has made a long-awaited decision on whether the maps for state House and Senate districts drawn by elected leaders last year are valid. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Kasler on the upheld maps

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:43)

Kasler on the upheld maps short version

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:01)

The sharply split court upheld the maps of legislative districts – Democrat Yvette McGee Brown joined Republicans Robert Cupp and Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor in the minority, disagreeing with the majority that the maps did not unnecessarily divide political subdivisions.  Auditor David Yost is the chair of the five member apportionment board, which drew the maps.

“I’m happy for the people of the state for the legal uncertainties around this resolved. But I really think that now is the time to reform the process.”

House Minority Leader Armond Budish of suburban Cleveland was among the Democrats who argued the maps for the 99 House and 33 Senate districts unconstitutionally split up the state to benefit the Republicans who drew them.

“The board sliced and diced governmental units 255 times. Clearly the apportionment board ignored the constitutional requirements and the court sadly approved it.”

Budish cites the results of the 2012 election as proof the maps aren’t fair and representative - Democrats President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown won Ohio and significantly more votes were cast for Democratic legislative candidates, Republicans still control the majority in the House and Senate.  But House Speaker Bill Batchelder of Medina writes in a statement that the decision is – quote “recognition that the current system was done fairly and appropriately.” But Batchelder also says he does think the process needs to be reviewed and examined for possible reform. 

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Ohio Sen. Tom Patton proposes bill for firefighter cancer benefits
Thank you Senator Patton. On behalf of all of those who love our firefighters; we appreciate that someone is standing up for them and their continued health. ??...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University