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Tokaji\'s Testimony re Ohio\'s Initiated Constitutional Amendment Process


Daniel P. TokajiJune 23 (Daniel P. Tokaji)

The following written testimony was submitted to the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee for a June 23, 2015, hearing on the proposed amendment to Ohio's initiated constitutional amendment process.

I sympathize with the goals of Sub. H.J.R. 4 but, for the reasons stated more fully below, oppose the proposal in its present form. Its vague and ambiguous language is an invitation to judicial lawmaking and would do more harm than good if adopted. [Read Comment]

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On June 5, a hearing was scheduled before the Ohio Secretary of State to consider rules relating to HB 3 regulating voter registration (See the Notice of Hearing here). These regulations mirror emergency rules already in place that became effective May 1, 2006, and are set to expire on July 30, 2006 (see Emergency Regulations and Proposed Regulations below). In effect, the outcome of this hearing will decide whether these regulations will remain as merely emergency rules, expiring as originally set, or become rules that would regulate the registration of voters past the original deadline of July 30, 2006.

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