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Ohio Utility Rate Limitation Amendment, Initiated Issue 4 (1976)

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The Ohio Utility Rate Limitation Amendment, also known as Issue 4, appeared on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have limited the rates at which Ohioans may be charged for fixed amounts of gas and electricity use.

Election results

Ohio Issue 4 (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,334,81665.18%
Yes 1,247,388 34.82%

Election results via Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

To adopt new Article XIX, Ohio Constitution

Relative to limiting the rates which may be charged to residential consumers for fixed amounts of gas and electricity.

The proposed amendment would require:

  1. That residential consumers of gas be charged per cubic foot no more than the average rate charged by their utility to all users of gas. This rate shall apply for the first 30,000 ft.³ of gas used each month during the winter months. In addition, these consumers may be charged no more than 50% additional per cubic foot for the next 20,000 ft.³ of gas used per month during the winter months.
  2. That residential consumers of electricity be charged for the first 400 kilowatt hours of electricity per month no more than per kilowatt hour than the average rate charged by their utility to all users. Consumers with all electric homes that were substantially completed by the effective date of this amendment shall be charged no more than this rate for the first 2000 kilowatt hours of electricity used per month during the winter months.
  3. That part of those rates which are described above are called lifeline rates and shall not be increased by adding any fuel or purchased gas adjustments or other expense except when adjustments are set or reset.
  4. That any revenues lost to a public utility from the implementation of the lifeline rates be made up equitably from all other rates.
  5. At any rate changes necessary to comply with this amendment be implemented within 60 days of the effective date of the amendment.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?

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