Ohio Issue 1, Worker's Compensation Provided by Private Insurers (1981)

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The Ohio Worker's Compensation Provided by Private Insurers Amendment, also known as Issue 1, appeared on the November 3, 1981 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have allowed private insurance companies to sell worker's compensation insurance.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (1981)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,164,39579.09%
Yes 572,227 20.91%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To amend Section 35 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

Presently, protection is afforded injured workers through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Industrial Commission.
This proposed amendment would change the existing Ohio workers’ compensation system by requiring the general assembly to pass laws also permitting insurance companies to sell workers compensation coverage in Ohio at rates determined by those insurance companies under the regulation of the Ohio Department of Insurance.

If adopted, this amendment shall take effect on January 1, 1983.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?[3]

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