Ohio Future Caucus Co-Chairs
MAP President Steven Olikara joined former Senator Capri Cafaro (D) and Senator Frank LaRose (R) at the United States Institute of Peace for a panel on Overcoming the Partisan Divide at the annual Nexus USA Conference.
Reps. Sarah LaTourette (R) and Mike Stinziano (D) announced the kick-off of the Future Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of political contemporaries.
Future Caucus News
Ohio Future Caucus Co-Chair Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) recently joined Governor John Kasich to sign Senate Bill 63 into law, establishing a system of online voter registration in the state. Senator LaRose originally introduced the bill in 2013.
Both lawmakers will be seeking out their peers in the Ohio House to join the caucus and begin formulating their legislative agenda.
COLUMBUS— With unanimous, bipartisan support, the Ohio Senate today passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio’s congressional districts. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of good faith negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform advocates.
On Monday night, the Ohio state Senate did something truly unprecedented: With near-unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats, the chamber approved Senate Resolution 5, a measure that would for the first time require bipartisan input and approval for federal congressional maps. The measure is expected to pass the state House today, and it will appear on the ballot in the May primary elections to get final approval from voters.
Senate Joint Resolution 5 gives neither the Statehouse's Republican majority nor its Democratic minority all either wanted -- and it's far from a perfect redistricting solution. But it turns out that what was politically possible to get by working together was a lot.
A group of the youngest members of the Ohio legislature have formed the Ohio Future Caucus.