The Ohio Generators Amendment
, also known as Issue 1
, appeared on the June 3, 1980 ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
, where it was defeated
This amendment would have authorized public financing of electricity-generating facilities.
| Ohio Issue 1 (1980)|
|Yes|| 793,256|| 41.36%|
Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|| Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To adopt Section 14 of Article VIII of the Ohio Constitution.
This proposed amendment:
If adopted, this amendment shall take immediate effect.
- Allows public financing of electric generating facilities by allowing, through legislative action, non-profit corporations to become political subdivisions of the state to operate electric utilities. The electric power produced by such political subdivisions shall be sold at wholesale rates to municipalities for their own use or for sale at retail. Excess power may be sold to any other electric utility at wholesale, with Ohio utilities given first preference.
- Permits the legislature to pass laws: (a) regulating such political subdivisions and their operations, (b) limiting adverse effects upon other electric utilities and preserving fair competitive relationships, and (c) allowing such political subdivisions to be taxed.
- Allows such political subdivisions to issue bonds to finance, acquire, and operate their facilities. Tax money shall not be pledged, but may be used, for the payment of the bonds.
- Prohibits these political subdivisions from using the authority of the state to take over any property of any existing electric companies.
- Exempts the bonds, agreements, payments, and sales of such political subdivisions from Ohio constitutional limitations relating to debt, lending credit, and municipal corporation ownership of a utility and sale of its surplus electric power.
Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State, "Ohio 1980 ballot measures and election results," accessed July 31, 2013
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State, "A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio," accessed July 31, 2013
- ↑ Toledo Blade, "Ballot Language, Explanations, Arguments, and Resolutions for Amendments to the Ohio Constitution Proposed by the general Assembly to be Submitted to the Voters at the Primary Election, June 3, 1980," May 26, 1980