Ohio Issue 1, Generators Act (June 1980)

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The Ohio Generators Amendment, also known as Issue 1, was on the June 3, 1980 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have authorized public financing of electricity-generating facilities.
See Energy policy in Ohio for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (1980)
Defeatedd No1,124,59658.64%
Yes 793,256 41.36%

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 Section 14 of Article VIII of the Ohio Constitution.

This proposed amendment:

  1. Allows public financing of electric generating facilities by allowing, through legislative action, non-profit corporations to become political subdivisions of the state to operate electric utilities. The electric power produced by such political subdivisions shall be sold at wholesale rates to municipalities for their own use or for sale at retail. Excess power may be sold to any other electric utility at wholesale, with Ohio utilities given first preference.
  2. Permits the legislature to pass laws: (a) regulating such political subdivisions and their operations, (b) limiting adverse effects upon other electric utilities and preserving fair competitive relationships, and (c) allowing such political subdivisions to be taxed.
  3. Allows such political subdivisions to issue bonds to finance, acquire, and operate their facilities. Tax money shall not be pledged, but may be used, for the payment of the bonds.
  4. Prohibits these political subdivisions from using the authority of the state to take over any property of any existing electric companies.
  5. Exempts the bonds, agreements, payments, and sales of such political subdivisions from Ohio constitutional limitations relating to debt, lending credit, and municipal corporation ownership of a utility and sale of its surplus electric power.
If adopted, this amendment shall take immediate effect.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[4]

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