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January 20, 2022

RSVP for Public Policy Meeting February 17

and Update on Constitutionality of Congressional/Legislative Districts


February 17: Any CMA member who is interested in public policy and/or politics is invited to our quarterly Public Policy and PAC meetings on February 17 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually. RSVP below.

Drs. Stephanie Costa and Bill Cotton are Co-Chairs of this committee. If you have any particular items that you would like included for the meeting, you can contact them or the CMA's Public Policy Consultant, Malcolm Porter (

CMA's Quarterly Public Policy Meeting


VIRTUAL - See description below for Zoom Link


02/17/22 6:00pm - 02/17/22 7:00pm US/Eastern
This event will be held virtually. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 886 3903 1739
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Unconstitutional: And as may have seen in the news, last week the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the new maps defining the boundaries for both Ohio's Congressional districts as well as the Ohio Legislature's Senate and House districts were unconstitutional.

This ruling has added an element of chaos to both the political and policy world in Columbus. And to the surprise of few, politics will many times trump policy. So until there is clarity about what are the district boundaries for the 2022 elections, it is not expected to that there will be much accomplished legislatively.

The Ohio primary election is on May 3, which means that candidates must file their petitions to run for office 90 days prior to that date, or by February 3. State legislators are required to live in the districts they represent. (Not a requirement for members of Congress.) And state legislators need to have petitions signed by registered voters of their district. So to be able to file petitions with sufficient signatures of voters from the district, the boundaries of the districts for state legislators must first be resolved. 

Unless new law is passed, this process must be accomplished in the next 2 weeks.

The core issues involved have to do with proportionality of districts that reflect the general election voting patterns in recent elections, and at the same time, not splitting too many existing political boundaries, like counties, cities, etc. The Court ruled that the level of partisanship and amount of boundary splitting was excessive in the first set of maps. In the last election, the statewide vote in Ohio was approximately 54% for Republicans and 46% for Democrats. The Court is seeking a legislative map that approximates proportion in terms of majority voters in each district. The rejected plan had approximately 66% of districts favoring Republicans. 

Time is short. So the Ohio Supreme Court set a deadline of this Saturday to produce new maps that meet Constitutional standards. Much more to come on all of this.


Malcolm Porter

Public Policy Consultant

for the CMA

About the CMA's Advocacy Newsletter

The purpose of this message is to provide timely information as well as some background insights into issues that impact healthcare and the practice of medicine. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns about these, or any other issues of interest to you.

Malcolm Porter is a public policy and political affairs consultant. He has done policy and political advisory work for the Columbus Medical Association, and affiliate organizations for nearly 20 years. As a local medical society, CMA physicians have supported and participated in public policy development with traditional physician stakeholder organizations. Additionally, CMA physicians have been directly responsible for initiating individual pieces of legislation that were driven by their own agenda.

Any CMA physician is welcome to contact Malcolm directly with your questions or concerns.

Contact Malcolm

Get more involved with advocacy at the CMA by visiting our web page, attending a PAC meeting or attending our next event

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Upcoming Public Policy/PAC Meetings

  • Thursday, February 17th
  • Thursday, April 7th
  • Thursday, November 10th



After voters approved amendments to the Ohio Constitution, the Ohio House and Senate state legislative districts are drawn by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. This is a seven member body made up of:

  1. Appointee of the President of Ohio Senate
  2. Appointee of the Minority Leader of Ohio Senate
  3. Appointee of the Speaker of Ohio House
  4. Appointee of the Minority Leader of the Ohio House
  5. Governor
  6. Auditor
  7. Secretary of State

Congress is a different matter - Ohio's Congressional districts are drawn by passage of legislation by the Ohio House and Senate.

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