Animal panel belongs in Constitution

Ohio House Republican Leader, William G. Batchelder, in an opion piece today in the Cincinnati Enquirer said the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board belongs in the state Constitution.

Here’s an excerpt of what he had to say:

“Recently some individuals and groups have come out in opposition to Issue 2 on the grounds that the state constitution is not the proper place for the Livestock Care Standards Board. However, as a student of the Ohio Constitution for more than four decades, both as a legislator and as a Court of Appeals judge, I believe that Issue 2 should be part of the Ohio Constitution rather than treated as a statute, or regular law.

First, inclusion of such a provision in the constitution is not at all unique. The Ohio Constitution has at least 12 similar provisions, several of which establish councils as part of state government. Such important state functions as the State Board of Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board are found in the same part of the Constitution as the Livestock Care Standards Board will be when voters approve it.

The content of the proposed amendment governs cost, quality, safety, and supply of food for Ohioans. That is, this provision provides for one of the most fundamental aspects of human life.”

Read Rep. Batchelder’s complete opinion.

Learn more about Issue 2 on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Issue 2 News page, and at

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.