constitutional amendment

Unintended consequences? If amendments are harder to pass so are bonds

BY: - January 20, 2023

Opponents of the Republican effort to make it harder to amend Ohio’s constitution added a new concern to the list Thursday. Already, critics have warned the changes are meant to stymie future abortion rights or redistricting initiatives, which the sponsor himself said in a letter to fellow Ohio House Republicans. Now, former state representative and […]

Resolution requiring supermajority for amendments “doubtful” to pass during Ohio lame duck session

BY: - December 14, 2022

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered across the street from the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday morning at Trinity Episcopal Church. The leaders of more than 100 organizations toted signs listing their name and membership. “Our goal is to make it really clear how unpopular House Joint Resolution 6 is,” Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer said as she led […]

One organization comes forward in support of amendment supermajority requirement

BY: - December 9, 2022

The Ohio House effort to make amending the state constitution more difficult has been notable thus far for its lack of public support. In committee hearings and press conferences opponents have lined up against the proposal. Indeed, despite the resolution’s rapid progress, 140 interest groups have already signed on denouncing the plan. Although three organizations […]

Election forecasters include Ohio Supreme Court contests as races to watch

BY: - July 8, 2022

The University of Virginia Center for Politics, well known for its Sabato’s Crystal Ball political forecasting and newsletter, has included Ohio on its shortlist of states with competitive supreme court races this November. Senior columnist Louis Jacobson wrote in a recent post that about two thirds of states will have a supreme court election this […]

Whaley calls for amendment codifying Roe while state lawmakers plan sweeping restrictions

BY: - June 30, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Nan Whaley is calling for a constitutional amendment protecting abortion access in Ohio. But that won’t happen until next year at the earliest, and Republican lawmakers are gearing up to effectively ban abortion outright by the end of the year. In a press conference Wednesday, Whaley argued the majority of Ohioans want […]

‘Reproductive freedom’ amendment proposal faces uphill battle in Ohio

BY: - June 7, 2022

A constitutional amendment introduced in Ohio to protect reproductive choice in the state likely will not be on the ballot for November, because it would need to make it through a Republican supermajority first. The constitutional amendment was introduced by House Minority Whip Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park and Senate Assistant Minority Leader Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, […]

Proposed term limit amendment clears another hurdle

BY: - March 3, 2020

A proposed constitutional amendment that would institute new term limits on Ohio legislators has cleared another hurdle toward getting it on this year’s General Election ballot.  The latest victory for term limit advocates came Monday morning despite opposition from Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof.  What the term limit amendment does The proposed “Lifetime General Assembly […]