Ohio Senate Bill 47 (2013)

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Ohio Senate Bill 47 (2013)
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Legislature:Ohio Legislature
Text:SB 47
Sponsor(s):Sen. Bill Seitz (R-8)
Legislative History
Introduced:February 19, 2013
State house:March 20, 2013
State senate:March 6, 2013
Governor:John Kasich
Signed:March 22,2013
Legal Environment
State law:Laws governing initiatives in Ohio
Code:Elections Code
Section:Chapter 35

Ohio Senate Bill 47 was sponsored and introduced by Senator Bill Seitz (R-8) on February 19, 2013 and signed into law by Governor John Kasich on March 22, 2013. It was approved in the House in a 59 to 36 vote and in the Senate in a vote of 23 to 10. Ohio SB 47 made sweeping changes to the state elections code.[1]


Ohio Senate Bill 47 made many changes to the elections code of the state of Ohio, some of which related to initiatives and referenda. Here are some key provisions:

  • A person who signs a petition must live in the precinct in which the candidacy or ballot issue will appear in an election.
  • A person who circulates a petition must be at least 18 years old.
  • A signature on a petition must be dated less than a year before the petition was filed.
  • When a petition is submitted, an eletronic copy must also be filed and the petition must be broken into parts that are all numbered sequentially and labeled by the county in which it was circulated. The petition must also include a summary of the parts of the petition and the signatures on each.
  • An initiative or referendum committee cannot collect additional signatures for a petition after it has been submitted, except for in a ten day window beginning after the Secretary of State notifies the committee that petition, as submitted, was insufficient and provides the required official form for additional signature collection, which must be used when collecting supplemental signatures in the ten day windowed allowed.
  • A petition that has been rejected cannot be resubmitted.
  • County boards of elections must return relevant sections of a petition by 110 days before the intended election date, rather than the previous rule of 60 days.
  • The Secretary of State must must determine the sufficiency of the signature petition at least 105 days before the election.

Full Summary and Analysis

A summary and analysis of the bill is available here.

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