Ohio Issue 2, Worker's Compensation Law Referendum (1997)

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The Ohio Worker's Compensation Law, also known as Issue 2, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Ohio as a veto referendum, where the statute was defeated.[1] This statute would have amended Ohio's worker's compensation laws.

Election results

Ohio Issue 2 (1997)
Defeatedd No1,730,50257.03%
Yes 1,305.040 42.97%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Referendum on amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 45
(Submitted by Referendum Petition)

"Shall amended substitute Senate Bill No. 45 relative to Ohio's Worker's Compensation Laws, passed by the General Assembly of Ohio, approved by the governor, and filed in the office of the Secretary of State be approved?"
"AMENDED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 45 amends Ohio's Workers' Compensation laws to make various changes in the structure, payment, and determination of benefits, to provide criminal penalties for employers who intentionally misclassify their employees for workers' compensation purposes, to prohibit kickbacks from health care providers under the Workers' Compensation Law, to permit certain nonattorneys to represent parties in hearings before the Industrial Commission, to require hearing officers to report suspected fraudulent activity, to prohibit health care providers from receiving payments for false claims under the Workers' Compensation law, to except buildings and land used for agricultural production from safety rules that apply to workshops and factories, to change the definition of occupational disease, to specify the records produced by an attorney in connection with a workers' compensation claim are the property of the claimant, to permit an employer to have an employee excepted from the Workers' Compensation Laws for religious reasons, to provide that records kept by the Division of Safety and Hygiene are confidential, to change the duration of the continuing jurisdiction of the Industrial Commission generally to five years with specified exceptions for certain occupational diseases or prosthetic device cases, to create the presumption concerning alcohol or a controlled substance as the cause of an employee's injury, to limit recovery for aggravation of a preexisting condition, to reduce the number of weeks an employee can receive nonworking wage loss, and to make other changes in the Workers' Compensation Law."
If approved, these amendments and enactments shall take effect immediately.
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
Yes (To approve the law)
No (To reject the law) [4]

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