ohio constitution

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 […]

Ohioans fight resolution that makes it harder to amend Constitution

BY: - December 8, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   The resolution to make it harder to amend the Ohio constitution continues to […]

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A point-by-point refutation of LaRose and Stewart’s arguments for attacking Ohio voters

BY: - December 8, 2022

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seems to be big mad at being called out for attacking Ohio voters’ democratic power at the ballot box, after leading a proposal to raise the threshold for amendments from 50% to 60%. State Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, has become the legislative sponsor for the scheme. Because their arguments […]

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In 1912, Ohio voters asserted their democratic authority. Now Ohio Republicans want to rip it away

BY: - December 1, 2022

Ohio Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Rep. Brian Stewart have launched a frontal assault on voters’ ability to amend our state constitution, putting their knives at the neck of 110 years of citizen-led democratic progress in the Buckeye State. Thinking that Ohioans are stupid and gullible enough to relinquish our democratic powers […]

More than 140 groups oppose effort to limit citizen changes to Ohio Constitution

BY: - November 30, 2022

More than 140 groups representing voters, teachers, the faith community, and good government on Tuesday had a message for Secretary of State Frank LaRose and GOP lawmakers: Any attempt to make it harder for voters to amend the state Constitution will be unpopular, expensive, and likely unsuccessful. Representatives of some of those groups gathered at […]

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Frank LaRose and Ohio Republicans have launched an all-out assault on voters and democracy

BY: - November 29, 2022

Right now, at least, Ohioans can bypass an out-of-step legislature and go straight to statewide voters to remedy wrongs and enshrine rights in the Ohio Constitution. It is not an easy process by design. No slam dunk. But amending the state constitution through citizen-led ballot initiatives gives people power to change policy that politicians won’t.  […]

LaRose wants to make it harder for voters to amend constitution but evidence of a problem is lacking

BY: - November 28, 2022

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose denied that he wanted to block abortion protections or anti-gerrymandering measures when he announced that he wanted to hustle through a measure that would make it harder for voters to amend the Ohio Constitution. But he’s failed to point to a single amendment in the Constitution as an example […]

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Abortion rights referendums are winning, with state battles over rights replacing national debate

BY: - November 19, 2022

By Rachel Rebouche, Temple University The abortion landscape in the U.S. has been upended over the past five months, as many clinics offering the procedure have closed and people have traveled across state borders to obtain abortions where it remains legal. The percentage of people getting legal abortions has also dropped. Division over abortion did […]

Legal expert, voter advocates slam Ohio GOP plan to make citizen ballot initiatives harder to pass

BY: - November 18, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio Republicans introduced a new resolution Thursday that purposely makes it more difficult […]

Mailbag: What’s with all the ‘Ohio is for Leaders’ ads on TV?

BY: - June 21, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag. Sports betting is not yet legal here, but the odds are good you will find this political column enlightening. (I hope.) Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Who keeps […]

Mailbag: What’s the most effective way to get my lawmaker’s attention?

BY: - April 15, 2021

Welcome to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag, the 33rd most popular political column in the 33rd most popular state. Let’s get started: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected]m or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. What, in your opinion, is the most effective way to engage with or […]