Signatures piling up in Ohio Senate Bill 5 referendum process

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April 5, 2011


Ohio: The battle over Ohio Senate Bill 5 is beginning to heat up, as opponents of the newly signed law are making use of their weapon: the veto referendum process. Over the weekend of April 1, 2011, SB 5 opponents collected about 3,000 signatures, more than enough to turn in to the Ohio Attorney General's office for the first step of the process, since they needed 1,000 signatures to begin with. Once the Attorney General verifies the signatures and approves the petition, circulators will have until June 30th to collect an additional 231,149 signatures from registered voters, equal to 6 percent of the total number of voters in the 2010 gubernatorial election, as mandated by law.[1]

In addition, those signatures must come from least half of the 88 counties in the state. According to reports, the petition to place a referendum on the ballot must be filed with the Ohio Attorney General's office within 90 days after the targeted law is signed by the state governor.[2]

Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 on March 31, 2011.

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