Legislative Watch – August 17, 2021

Redistricting Commission Releases Schedule for Regional Hearings

The Ohio Redistricting Commission has released a schedule of ten regional hearings around the state from August 23-27. The hearings provide an opportunity for the public to provide input to the Commission tasked with redrawing district lines for the Ohio General Assembly.

Ohio voters twice passed redistricting reform measures. Fair districts are vitally important and Ohio citizens should be provided with ample opportunities for meaningful input in the process. For too long, partisan gerrymandering has subverted our democracy.

OEA urges our members to participate in these public hearings. We note that the bulk of the public hearings take place during the school day at the beginning of the new year making attendance difficult for many of our members. However, the Commission will accept written testimony from those unable to appear in person. The hearings are as follows:

Monday, August 23 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cleveland
Monday, August 23 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Youngstown
Tuesday, August 24 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dayton
Tuesday, August 24 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cincinnati
Wednesday, August 25 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Zanesville
Wednesday, August 25 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Rio Grande
Thursday, August 26 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lima
Thursday, August 26 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Toledo
Friday, August 27 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Akron
Friday, August 27 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mansfield

If you have an interest in testifying (either in person or submitting written testimony), contact Robert Davis in OEA Government Relations davisr@ohea.org for more information.