Buckeye Farm News
OFBF is urging Ohioans to vote Yes on State Issue 1, Yes on State Issue 2 and No on State Issue 3. All three issues deal with amending the state constitution, and OFBF’s positions reflect policy established by its voting delegates.
Issue 1: This initiative would change the process by which state legislative districts are drawn. Ohio Farm Bureau favors the change because it will establish a transparent process that encourages public input and bipartisan support for newly drawn districts and will require districts to be drawn to keep counties, municipalities and townships as intact as possible. It also will promote a more civil political process by making elections more competitive and encouraging candidates to appeal to a broader base of voters.
Issue 2: This ballot measure would limit the ability for wealthy special interests to manipulate the state constitution to create a monopoly, grant a commercial right or specify a tax rate for a person or group of persons. OFBF believes the state constitution should be reserved for outlining specific freedoms and describing how Ohioans govern themselves.
Issue 3: This initiative would grant a small group of investors a monopoly on the commercial growing and selling of marijuana. The investors would profit from an industry estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. In July, OFBF was among the first statewide groups to oppose its passage saying that the measure distorts Ohio’s Constitution, creates a monopoly that excludes average Ohioans and puts the state at odds with federal law.
What happens if Issues 2 and 3 both pass?
Issues 2 and 3 are constitutional amendments that conflict with each other. So what happens if both pass?
The Ohio Constitution says if conflicting amendments on the same ballot pass, the one receiving the highest number of votes becomes law.
But the constitution also states that a legislative constitutional amendment like the anti-monopoly Issue 2 takes effect immediately while a citizen-initiated amendment like the marijuana legalization issue doesn’t go into effect for 30 days. Secretary of State Jon Husted has said Issue 2 would take precedence since it goes into effect immediately, barring Issue 3 from being enacted. Marijuana legalization supporters would most likely contest Husted’s interpretation, and the issue would probably be decided by the court system.
Contact your county Farm Bureau to obtain yard and farm signs, literature and other campaign tools.