Ohio Legislative Hearings for Nuclear Power Plants, Amendment 6 (1976)

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The Ohio Legislative Hearings for Nuclear Power Plants Amendment, also known as Issue 6, was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have required public legislative hearings before the creation or expansion of nuclear power plants.

Election results

Ohio Issue 6 (1976)
Defeatedd No2,462,00068.15%
Yes 1,150,360 31.85%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To adopt Article XV, Section 11, Ohio Constitution

Relative to establishing procedures for legislative hearings and approval of safety fears of nuclear power plants and related facilities prior to their construction or expansion and procedures for compensation of persons who are injured or damaged by their operation or existence.
This proposed amendment provides:

  1. That prior to construction or expansion of a nuclear power plant or related facility, legislative approval must first be obtained. Approval is governed by certain guidelines and procedures and hearings must be held. In addition the applicant must acquire sufficient insurance or indemnification to compensate persons who have been injured or damaged.
  2. Exceptions from compliance for certain nuclear power plants facilities and activities.
  3. For publication and public review of the adequacy and accuracy of emergency medical aid and evacuation plans for all communities affected by nuclear power plants and related facilities in the state.
  4. Procedures for an injured party to recover damages, in addition to any other remedy including Workmen's Compensation, which are caused by the existence or operation of any nuclear power plant related facility. Defendants in any such suit are to be held strictly liable without proof of negligence. Acts which caused such damages shall be deemed ultrahazardous activities.
  5. For judicial review and decision for noncompliance with provisions of the proposed amendment upon petition by the Attorney General or any citizen.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[4]

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