COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected as gerrymandered a second set of Ohio Statehouse district maps that retained strong Republican majorities and sent them back for a third try.
In another 4-3 decision Monday, the court gave the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission 10 days to pass a constitutional map.
It ruled the panel's redrawn maps of Ohio House and Senate districts still violate a 2015 constitutional amendment.
That amendment mandated attempts at avoiding partisan favoritism and at proportionally distributing districts to reflect Ohio’s 54% Republican, 46% Democratic split.
Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor provided a pivotal swing vote.