Ohio Utility Consumer Representation Amendment, Initiated Issue 5 (1976)

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The Ohio Utility Consumer Representation Amendment, also known as Issue 5, appeared on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have provided for representation of consumer interests in regulatory actions.

Election results

Ohio Issue 5 (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,557,26570.06%
Yes 1,092,781 29.94%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To adopt new Article XX, Ohio Constitution

Relative to Providing for representation of residential utility consumers in utility regulatory actions affecting their interests.
This proposed amendment would provide:

  1. For a nonprofit membership corporation known as the Residential Utility Consumer Action Group (RUCAG) with certain powers and duties including representation of the interests of residential utility customers in various utility proceedings.
  2. For certain controls on public utilities their officers and employees and on RUCAG.
  3. For voluntary membership in RUCAG, contingent upon payment of an annual membership fee of at least six dollars; for collection of membership fees; and for RUCAG to intervene in utility regulatory proceedings and in judicial review of such proceedings; to force the initiation or completion of utility regulatory proceedings; to conduct investigations; and to require the production of information.
  4. That RUCAG must reimburse a utility for reasonable accounting and check off expenses for collecting membership fees, although reimbursement of expenses may be deferred until one year after the first election and installation of trustees.
  5. For RUCAG to be run by a Board of Trustees and for the qualification, election, campaign procedures, duties, and terms of office of such board. It also provides for an initial Board of Trustees to represent consumers and for the operation of such board until the first election.
  6. For filling vacancies on RUCAG's Board of Trustees; for all meetings, reports, financial data, and studies of RUCAG to be open to the public; and for removal of any member of the board by petition of the members of RUCAG who voted from his district in the last election.
  7. That board members will be bonded and are entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses in the performance of their duties. Complaints which are non-frivolous shall be referred to the appropriate regulatory agency which must keep RUCAG informed of actions taken. RUCAG's membership list must be available for members to use consistent with the objectives of RUCAG described in this amendment.
  8. Penalties for violation of any provision of this amendment.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[4]

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