Ohio Ballot Issue 1 (2007)
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appear on a ballot.
Ohio Ballot Issue 1, also known as the adult entertainment referendum, was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to use the veto referendum process to try to overturn a law passed by the Ohio State Legislature in early 2007.
The law that opponents sought to overturn was Ohio Senate Bill 16, the so-called "Stripper Law." The law was set to go into effect on September 4, 2007 when opponents starting collecting signatures on petitions to place the law on the November 2007 ballot for a statewide vote.
Senate Bill 16 would have required most adult businesses to close their doors between midnight and 6 a.m., and would have banned all contact between staff and customers by imposing the "6 foot rule." Those who violate the rule can be found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.
Petition drive fails
It was touch-and-go throughout the summer of 2007 as to whether supporters had collected enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. The Ohio Secretary of State at one point determined that there were enough signatures, and printed up ballots. However, ultimately it was determined that the number of valid signatures collected had fallen short.,Proposals Being Considered:Ohio Ballot Board</ref>
Citizens for Community Standards and "Dancers for Democracy" were the two groups sponsoring the referendum. On Monday, September 4, they turned in 382,508 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. 241,366 of these signatures had to be valid in order for the referendum to make the ballot.
Phil Burress, head of Citizens for Community Values, which opposes the referendum, questioned whether the group had in fact collected enough signatures:
We were shocked to hear the number is so low. I wouldn't have stopped short of 500,000 if I was in their campaign," he said. "They are hurting."
Allegations of circulator misrepresentation
Bill Cohen, a reporter for the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau, reported in July that circulators were misrepresenting to potential signers what the petition would do. On an audio recording made by Cohen, a circulator appears to be saying that the effect of the petition would be to restrict hours at adult businesses in the state. Citizens for Community Values--the group opposing the referendum--ran statewide radio ads and placed 500,000 robocalls to urge Ohio residents not to sign the petition.
Legal battle over similar names
The supporters of a "yes" vote on the referendum ("Citizens for Community Standards") and those who want voters to pull the "no" lever ("Citizens for Community Values") have very similar names. CCV has sued CCS in an attempt to force it to stop using a name so similar to that of CCV.
|VR||Issue 1||Adult entertainment||Sought to overturn new law that restricts dancers from being within 6 feet of patrons||Printed on ballot but disqualified for insufficient signatures|
|CI||Public Education Act||Education||Funding commitments for public education||Effort abandoned|
- Official Referendum Language from the Secretary of State's office
- Senate Bill 16 The bill that will be overturned if this referendum succeeds.
- Vote No on Issue One! As it says on the website, this is "the group that opposes censorship."
- Yes on Issue One (supports more limits on adult entertainment)
- Citizens for Community Values
- Blogs covering the issue
- Referendum Text
- Attorney General certification
- Ballot language
- Petitions halt new strip club rules, AP, 9/4/07
- Strip-club interests to file petitions for regulation roll-back, The Plain Dealer, 9/3/07
- Some on petitions to change new strip club rules may be surprised at what they've signed, Statehouse News Bureau, 7/12/07
- Strip club owners, "values voters" group react to petition drive to change new rules on clubs, Statehouse News Bureau, 7/13/07
- Group criticizes strippers' tactics, Dayton Daily News, 8/16/07
- CCV to Sex Business PAC: Cease and Desist!, Citizens for Community Values press release, 7/5/07
- Cease and Desist letter to Citizens for Community Standards, 7/3/07