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An Ohio redistricting leader isn't saying much about legislative maps that are due today

 Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp after a session on February 16, 2022
Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp after a session on February 16, 2022

Today is the deadline the Ohio Supreme Court set for the Ohio Redistricting Commission to submit new legislative maps. But the leader of the Ohio House isn’t giving many hints about what members of the commission will do when they meet later.

When asked by reporters whether the commission would submit a map by the deadline, Republican House Speaker and commission co-chair Bob Cupp (R-Lima) responded this way:

“You’re really set on these deadlines aren’t you?" Cupp asks as he chuckles.

“It’s not me. It’s the Ohio Supreme Court," a reporter says.

“Yeah, they are really set on it too," Cupp says.

Cupp, a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice himself, wouldn’t say much about maps other than that they are being discussed behind closed doors. And while he said the commission would likely hold a vote today, he wouldn’t elaborate beyond that.

Minority Democrats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission put out suggested maps last week. A coalition of community groups known as Fair Districts Ohio also proposed its own maps. Cupp says the maps submitted by the redistricting group and Democrats have serious constitutional issues. But the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the first set of legislative maps, saying they didn't meet the anti-gerrymandering constitutional requirements approved by Ohio voters.

The delay in getting maps means candidates running for legislative and Congressional seats don't know which district they'll represent. Some have suggested lawmakers pass a bill to delay the May 3 primary but Cupp says he doesn't know that there are enough votes in the Ohio House to reschedule the primary.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.