Dayton Area Rep. Introduces Ballot Reform Resolution

Earlier this month Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) introduced Joint Resolution 5 to reform the procedures for initiated statutes and constitutional amendments.

The Joint Resolution would increase the number of signatures needed for both initiated statutes and constitutional amendments, increase the vote total needed for passage to 60% and ban the paying of petition gatherers.

Ohio has long been seen as a venue for out-of-state interests to campaign pet ballot projects, not unlike State Issue 2, which went down in defeat this week.

Reforms have been discussed over the years to raise the bar on accessing the ballot to ensure Ohio’s Constitution does not enshrine out-of-state special interest policy projects. 11/9/2017