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The Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio on February 23rd that will increase attorney fees. Attorneys from out of state who wish to appear in Ohio courts must pay pro hac vice registration fees. These fees will increase from $150, to $300.  The newly adopted amendments also include a voluntary $50 add-on fee to the existing $350 biennial active attorney registration fee. The fee increases were recommended by the Supreme Court’s Task Force on Access to Justice, and will become effective July 1, 2016. The money collected from the increased fees will be used to help fund legal aid services for low-income Ohioans.

Text of the amendments: Rule VI and XII amendments

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday in Lycan v. Cleveland that, under Article IV of the Ohio Constitution, an appellate court or the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction if there was no final order issued by a trial court. The case was remanded to the trial court for further proceedings. Read more at cleveland.com.

The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Clyde A. Hupp, et al. v. Beck Energy Corporation and XTO Energy, Inc. and  State of Ohio ex rel. Claugus Family Farm, L.P. v. Seventh District Court of Appeals, et al. Among other issues, attorneys for the Claugus Family Farm argued in a reply brief that their client’s due process rights under the U.S. and Ohio constitutions were violated. Read more at NGI’s Shale Daily.

Election Roundup

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

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