Ohio Initiatives Deadline Amendment, Issue 1 (2008)
|Ohio Issue 1 (2008)|
Text of measure
- See also: Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 1
The language appeared on the ballot as:
TO PROVIDE FOR EARLIER FILING DEADLINES FOR STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUES
To amend sections 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1g of Article II of the constitution of the state of Ohio.
The proposed amendment would:
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 1 by a committee appointed by the Ohio Ballot Board:
|“||A YES vote on Issue 1 saves taxpayer dollars, helps build voter confidence in elections, and eases elections administration. Issue 1 makes necessary, cost-saving improvements to elections deadlines for statewide ballot issues and should be approved for the following reasons:
Vote YES on Issue 1.
Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national organization that advocates in favor of initiatives, was opposed to Ohio Issue 1, saying that it was already too difficult to qualify measures in the state.
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 1 by the Ohio Ballot Board due to the absence of any voluntary opposing submission:
|“||Issue #1 creates delays in new laws taking effect.
The Constitution reserves to the People the power to propose laws, amendments to the constitution, and to approve or reject laws passed by the legislature. Issue #1 creates earlier filing deadlines which can cause a referendum petition to effectively delay for months the effective date of a law passed by the legislature. This is because the deadline for filing a referendum petition depends on when the law being referred to the voters was passed by the legislature. If the deadline to file the petition is after the new proposed deadline in the Constitution, the law referred by the petition won’t be able to be on the ballot until the next election, which could be over a year away.
The immediate effect of the filing of a referendum petition is to stop the law from going into effect until voters decide the issue at the ballot. State Issue #1 gives people with the money to circulate petitions for hundreds of thousands of signatures increased power over the state legislature to delay laws passed from going into effect for months or even more than a year. Issue #1 means more expensive state Issue campaigns.
The delays caused by Issue #1 can be expensive.
Putting the issues off so long may mean that large amounts of money will have to be spent to get the attention of voters. Millions of dollars are already being spent for issues that are fresh in the voters’ minds. More money is likely to be spent to inform voters when the issue is stale. With these powers reserved to the People, this proposed amendment makes it even more expensive and difficult for ordinary citizens to undertake the efforts to speak through the state initiative and referendum process.
Vote no on Issue #1.
The official ballot argument in opposition of Issue 1 was not signed by anyone.
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- Ohio Issues Report, "State Issues Ballot Information for the November 4, 2008 General Election," accessed July 30, 2013
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- Associated Press, "Group seeks to block Ohio referendum law," October 30, 2008 (dead link)
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