Ohio Colloquium Planning Committee
Colloquium Planning Committee Background
The Colloquium Planning Committee was formed in response to the creation of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Several faculty members of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, specifically from the College’s Election Law @ Moritz and Dispute Resolution Programs, invited individuals with experience in Ohio government and constitutional law to join the Committee. The Committee is comprised of a diverse group of nineteen individuals concerned about the future of Ohio and Ohioans. Committee members include former legislators, current and former state officials, retired judges, law professors, and individuals associated with the practicing bar.
The Committee met both as a group and in subcommittees during December 2011 and January 2012 to discuss process options that might assist the Modernization Commission. A grant from the Joyce Foundation provided resources for attorney research fellows and law students from the Moritz College of Law, who assisted the Committee members by providing research, interviewing members of the past commission, and facilitating Committee meetings.
The Committee’s goal is to provide helpful procedural options – most rooted in history and experience – that might assist the Modernization Commission. The Committee has not taken a position on substantive constitutional issues, nor has it taken a position on the constitutional convention ballot issue. Instead, the Constitutional Modernization Colloquium and this report present process options for the Modernization Commission’s consideration.
The Colloquium is the culmination of the work of the Planning Committee and was made possible by a grant from the Joyce Foundation and support from the Election Law @ Moritz Program, and Program on Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law hosted a Colloquium that was open to the public on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 8:30 a.m– 12:30 p.m.in the Riffe Capitol Theatre in downtown Columbus.
The Colloquium featured discussions on other states' experiences with constitutional commissions, Ohio's history of constitutional revision, the role of state constitutions, and procedural options for the Constitutional Modernization Commission. A detailed agenda is available here. The full report prepared by the Colloquium Planning Committee is available here.
For more information, please visit the Colloquium webpage.