Unclear if Ohio congressional map can be repealed

Sep 23, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some legal experts are calling unconstitutional a maneuver used by Ohio Republicans in an effort to protect a new, GOP-drawn congressional map from a repeal effort by an angry electorate.

A spokesman for Governor John Kasich says the map approved Wednesday by the Legislature will be signed into law Monday.

A state Senate committee tacked on $2.75 million to the map to help local elections boards with implementation. The Ohio Constitution states that bills appropriating money cannot be repealed.

However, some legal experts say Ohio Supreme Court decisions state that an appropriation cannot take away voters' right to repeal laws they disagree with.

Republican state Sen. Keith Faber, a lawyer, says if an appropriation is necessary for a proposal to work, then it cannot be repealed.