Ballot Issue Thwarted by High Court

The Supreme Court of Ohio has invalidated a proposed constitutional amendment intended to mandate price controls on dialysis treatment services. Amendment backers were attempting to place the issue on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot.

The court found merit in an election complaint filed by the Ohio Renal Association alleging that the petition circulation managers had not completed necessary disclosures with the Ohio Secretary of State prior to collecting voter signatures.

“Enacting a price control on any good or service is an unwise amendment of the Ohio Constitution. Moreover, we call on state lawmakers to advance reforms that curtail ballot issues initiated by special interests,” commented OMA’s Ryan Augsburger, VP and Managing Director, Public Policy Services. 8/13/2018