County charter would establish home rule

By GLENN WOJCIAK The Post staff writer | Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 MEDINA – Voters will be given the opportunity to adopt a charter form of county government in November but the implications of that decision aren’t clear. An initiative petition by the group Sustainable Medina County has succeeded in gathering the signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot. If approved, the new charter would establish home rule provisions that empower county officials authority to regulate certain activities the current county commissioners lack authority to control. Those activities include the regulation of drilling new oil and gas wells and pipeline construction which are prohibited in a citizen’s bill of rights included in the new charter. Charter proponents launched their initiative primarily as a means to derail the NEXUS gas transmission line which Spectra Energy plans to build across Medina County and several other Ohio counties. Read more...
Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By BOB DOWNING Published: July 2, 2015 From a Thursday press release: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local self-government. The suit was filed against the state of Ohio and the oil and gas industry, as fracking is being forced into communities without their consent. Read Full Story...

Prosecutor wants state AG’s view on charter proposal

The Athens County Prosecutor has asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office for guidance on a proposed ballot initiative for a county charter, and has suggested the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office be contacted as well. Petitions to turn Athens County into a charter government were filed with the elections board last Wednesday by the Athens County Bill of Rights Committee. If the proposal is certified by the board, the matter will be put to voters this coming November. The board has 10 days to review signatures for validity and certify the petitions. Read more...
Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

A group of environmentalists wants to change the Columbus City Charter to ban fracking or any other oil and gas drilling in the city. Carolyn Harding and other organizers seeking what they call the “Columbus Community Bill of Rights” turned in their petition for a charter change on Thursday with 13,587 signatures. If 8,956 of them are from registered Columbus voters, and the group followed the city’s petition rules correctly, the measure would be on the November ballot. Read the full story...

Bill of Rights, County Charter Launched in Meigs County

As another Ohio County launches their initiative campaign to place a county charter on the November ballot to protect the people and environment from harm, the Community Rights Movement continues to grow in Ohio. “Meigs County, like other counties across the state, is plagued by the disposal of toxic waste from oil and gas extraction into injection wells within the county.”   Read more...