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Ohio Old Age Pensions, Amendment 2 (1939)

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The Ohio Old Age Pensions Amendment, also known as Amendment 2, was on the November 7, 1939 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have provided for a state system of old age pensions.[1][2][3]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 2 (1939)
Defeatedd No1,546,20776.89%
Yes 464,670 23.11%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The language that appeared on the ballot:[4]

An amendment to the constitution of the State of Ohio proposing the adoption of a new section to be known as Section 13, of article XII.

The amendment proposes to provide pensions to persons who are not under conviction of crime, who are sixty years of age or over, retired from gainful occupation as wage earners, citizens of the State of Ohio or those who may become citizens after its adoption, and who reside in the State for ten years or less time should the legislature by law so provide. Such payments supplement all sources of private income. Revenue for payment of such pensions is to be derived from a special tax of two percent on certain lands, and such revenue used before revenues from other sources are used and from revenue derived from a state income tax automatically enforceable. While the amendment is declared to be effective without enabling legislation, laws no inconsistent with its provisions, may be passed in furtherance of its purpose, and it is provided that such laws may be passed either by the legislature or by direct vote of the people with the powers of the initiative and referendum. All provisions of law or constitution conflicting with the amendment are to be construed as being amended or superseded with respect to such conflict.[5]

Constitutional changes

The measure would have added Section 13 to Article XII of the Ohio Constitution.

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