CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Nov. 13, 2012) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has delivered a letter to the co-chairs of the Constitutional Modernization Commission asking that it give priority on its agenda to the matter of redistricting. (View letter)
The OSBA opposed Issue 2, a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting, because it inappropriately involved the judiciary in the redistricting process. The voters of Ohio soundly defeated Issue 2, but many, including the OSBA, believe that Ohio’s redistricting process is in need of reform.
“During the fall campaign, the OSBA said that the Constitutional Modernization Commission is the proper venue for the discussion about revising Ohio’s redistricting process. The letter the Association sends today follows through on that belief and is designed to keep the spotlight on the need for redistricting reform,” said OSBA President Patrick Fischer, who is also a member of the Constitutional Modernization Commission.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.