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For those of you who missed Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass‘s talk yesterday, The History and Future of the Ohio Constitution, here is the video.  In addition to a look at the history of the Ohio Constitution from pre-Statehood to the present, Professor Steinglass discussed some of the current issues before the Ohio Constitution Modernization Commission, of which he is the Senior Policy Adviser.  These issues include:

  • cleaning up obsolete language, such as the State debt limitation of $750,000;
  • increasing term limits for Ohio legislators and
  • changing the initiative and referendum procedures by which the Constitution can be amended.

Concerning initiatives to change the Ohio Constitution by individuals (not by the General Assembly), the question arises whether the current initiative procedure is too easy, resulting in too many specifics in the Constitution that are more appropriate to legislation.  For example, see Cleveland.com, Ohio Constitution too easy to alter, some lawmakers say.   Also see article by Terzian, Barbara A. “Ohio’s Constitutional Conventions and Constitutions”, at p. 76-77 (Excerpt via Google Books)  in The History of Ohio Law. Professor Steinglass (video at 55:10) says this may not be true because out of 68 initiatives made by individuals from 1913 to 2014, only 18 of these were approved by voters.  The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is examining whether to amend Ohio’s seldom-used statutory initiative process, Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 1b.  The idea is to make statutory initiatives easier, and encourage the use of that process, rather than an initiative petition to amend the Constitution.

 

The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution – Wednesday, March 4

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. The lecture, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, will be presented by Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Steinglass’ talk will review the history of constitutional revision in Ohio from 1802 to the present and will focus on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s current efforts to revise the constitution.

When:  Wed, 03/04/2015 – 5:00pm6:00pm
Where:  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]
This lecture is free and open to the public.  One hour of Ohio CLE credit is available.
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

More information.

When: March 6, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
Sponsored by: Ohio State Law Journal

“State Constitutions in the United States Federal System: An Exploration of the Construction, Execution, and Interpretation of State Founding Documents,” will explore the various structural aspects of state constitutional law. Panelists will examine where state constitutions fit in to our federal system and how they are to be interpreted, amended, and utilized by advocates amidst the backdrop of its federal counterpart. They will also debate topics including popular constitutionalism, state constitutional independence, individual rights’ protections, state administrative agencies, and more.

This symposium features MANY prominent speakers from Ohio and around the country.  From Ohio, speakers include Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and The Honorable Jeffrey Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Adjunct Professor at Moritz College of Law.  For a complete list of speakers, more information and registration, see Symposium Information on the Ohio State Law Journal’s web site.

When:  Wed, 03/04/2015 – 5:00pm6:00pm
Where:  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]
Speaker: Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
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Dean Steinglass will discuss the history of constitutional revision in Ohio, and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s current efforts to revise the constitution on a wide range of issues, including congressional redistricting, term limits, privacy, voting, the initiative/referendum, and education.
This lecture is free and open to the public.  One hour of Ohio CLE credit is available.
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

More information.

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission will meet on February 14, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Center, 31st Floor South B & C, Columbus Ohio 43215.

The Commission will also be hosting an education and orientation program for the Members starting at 10am to 12:30pm in the same location and is open to the public.

Please contact the Co-Chairs offices with any questions, Speaker Batchelder (Lizz Eisaman, 614-752-9900), Representative Sykes (Cynthia Ellis or John Meacham, 614-466-3100).

CLE Held  – Ohio Constitutional Law Seminar – “Shall There Be a Convention to Revise, Alter, or Amend” the Ohio Constitution.