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Ohio voters voted on proposed amendments to the state constitution this week regarding marijuana legalization, redistricting reform, and monopolies/ cartels created by amending the state constitution. Detailed statewide voting results are available at cleveland.com; a summary of the key election results is available at cincinnati.com. Read more about the constitutional issues at Bloomberg View.

On October 23, 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s office certified the petition for the Ohio Fair Wage Amendment. Read more at cleveland.com.

Stand Up Ohio has submitted an initiative petition for the Ohio Fair Wage Amendment to the AG’s office. The AG’s office is expected to act on the petition by October 23, 2015. The amendment would gradually increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $12.00 by 2021. Read more about the petition in the Youngstown Vindicator.

The Ohio Attorney General has rejected a resubmitted medical marijuana initiative petition due to discrepancies between the summary and the proposed amendment. See Perry County Tribune, AG Rejects Second Petition for Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment

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Ohio’s Home-Rule Amendment: Why Ohio’s General Assembly Creating Regional Governments would Combat the Regional Race to the Bottom under Current Home-Rule Principles
Jonathon Angarola

A Citizen’s Guide to Redisticting Reform Through Referendum
Grayson Keith Sieg

SJR 2 ,introduced on July 22, 2015, reforms congressional redistricting in Ohio to make it more nonpartisan.  A similar proposal is pending in the Ohio House, H.J.R. 2.

See Columbus Dispatch: Ohio senators push for congressional redistricting

See our prior post Ohio Can Proceed with Congressional Redistricting Reforms – SCOTUS Approves Independent Redistricting Commissions

While Governor Kasich vetoed 44 provisions in the FY 2016- FY2017 budget bill, House Bill 64, the language cutting the duration of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission remains.  The commission will end on January 1, 2018 instead of July 2021.  The commission, created in 2011, got off to a slow start, some say because of delay by the legislature.  The commission has just started to finalize recommendations.  The Ohio Constitutional Revision Commission (1969 – 1977) was able to finish its work in 7-8 years.  See our prior post Enrolled Budget Bill Sunsets Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission in 2018.


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New Ohio General Assembly Web Page

The Ohio Legislature redesigned its webpage at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov.  Numerous links have changed including the link to the current copy of the Ohio Constitution  and to particular pieces of legislation.  For legislation from 1997 to 2014, you must visit the Ohio General Assembly Archives. As a result, some of the links in blog posts prior to today may not work.  The links don’t appear to automatically redirect to the right place.


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