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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass has published an op-ed in the November 16, 2017, Columbus Dispatch describing how the Ohio General Assembly undercut the work of the Ohio Constitution Modernization Commission.

The General Assembly created the Commission in 2011 to provide a comprehensive bipartisan review of the Ohio Constitution and to propose amendments to the General Assembly, which in turn could place proposed amendments on the ballot. In June 2017, the General Assembly moved the sunset date up four years, and the Commission closed its doors on June 30, 2017.

In his latest op-ed, Steinglass, who served as Senior Policy Advisor for the Commission, described how the work of the 32-person commission (composed of 12 legislators and 20 public members) was undercut by the decision to structure the commission to insure legislative control, by a lack of effective leadership, by the absence of a legislative commitment to constitutional revision, and by a corrosive partisan political climate.

This op-ed follows up two earlier op-eds. In a July 9, 2017, Columbus Dispatch op-ed, Steinglass described the commission, its modest success, and its demise. here And in a guest column for Cleveland.com on October 9, 2017, he discussed the substance of the commission’s unfinished agenda.

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