Ohio petition drive deadline for Senate Bill 5 veto referendum arrives
By Al Ortiz
COLUMBUS, Ohio: The petition drive deadline has arrived for the Ohio Senate Bill 5 veto referendum, as signatures must be submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. The June 30 date represents the ninetieth day that the controversial Senate Bill 5 legislation was signed into law by the Governor of Ohio. The referendum aims to overturn the bill during the 2011 general election. SB 5 limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. Most notably, it prevents unions from charging "fair share" dues to employees who opt out. SB 5 advocates say that the measure is crucial in helping out the struggling state economy, while opponents say that the law takes away earned bargaining rights.
In order for the referendum to be placed on the ballot, a total of 231,149 signatures must be collected from registered voters; equal to 6 percent of the total number of voters in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Additionally, those signatures must come from least half of the 88 counties in the state.
The Ohio Secretary of State has until July 26, 2011 to verify signatures once they are turned in. On June 17, 2011, less than two weeks before the petition drive deadline, supporters announced the collection of 714,137 signatures.
More updates will be reported by Ballotpedia as developments continue throughout the day.
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