Provided by Hannah News Service
The General Assembly will not pass a new congressional map by the Sunday, Feb. 13 deadline imposed by the Ohio Supreme Court, putting the issue solely with the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which is also facing a Thursday, Feb. 17 deadline to adopt a new General Assembly map.
House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, Tuesday confirmed that the Legislature didn't have the votes to pass a new map with an emergency clause before Sunday. The Senate has enough Republicans to approve an emergency clause, but House Republicans are one vote short without Democratic help.
Cupp told Hannah News after Tuesday's Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board meeting that it "will be a futile effort by the General Assembly" to try to pass a plan without enough votes to adopt an emergency clause. The Redistricting Commission, he noted, can pass a map that will take effect immediately.
The House and Senate committees expected to hear the new congressional plans cancelled their Tuesday and Wednesday meetings or removed the bill from their agenda. The House also cancelled an if-needed Thursday session.
The cancellations also came after the Ohio Supreme Court again struck down General Assembly maps created by the Redistricting Commission, giving the commission 10 days to try again.