Press Release: Bowling Green Residents Tip OH Supreme Court in their Favor, Win Fight for Right to VoteOct 19, 2017 HB 463 – corporate state legislation to block citizen initiative – struck by Court BOWLING GREEN, OHIO: Today, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the right of Bowling Green residents to vote, ordering their first-in-the-state Right to Climate charter amendment on the November ballot. The Wood County Board of Elections (BOE) approved the measure for the ballot last month. One resident challenged the decision, arguing in part that the substance of the initiative was unconstitutional and, under HB 463 should be kept off the ballot. HB 463 was adopted by the people’s legislators last December. The legislators granted BOEs broad authority to keep measures off the ballot based on content, making it difficult for residents to propose legislation that challenges unjust law. The Ohio Supreme Court would have none of it, striking HB 463 down as a violation of the separation of powers, and ordering the charter amendment on the ballot. The Court stated, “To the extent that [HB 463] authorizes and requires boards of elections to make substantive, preenactment legal evaluations, it violates the separation-of-powers doctrine and is unconstitutional.” The charter amendment emerged out of Bowling Green residents’ growing alarm when they learned of the proposed Nexus pipeline threatening their City’s water supply. Students and residents joined together to work with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to draft their charter amendment, which asserts the community’s right to a healthy climate, and bans the pipeline as a violation of that right. Brad Holmes, a Bowling Green University student, celebrated the decision. “When the people rise up and take action to stop climate change, state actors... read more
CELDF’s Tish O’Dell is speaking in Crawford County on the growing Community Rights Movement in Ohio. Fracking and its infrastructure are accelerating across the state, driven by the oil and gas industry, and Ohio communities have had enough.
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Lowe-Volk Nature Center on SR 598 in Crawford County, in the Nature Center auditorium.
For more information contact Michael Veloff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Linzey Stops on the 2015
Ohio Community Rights Tour:
November 12, 2015 7:00 PM Ohio Tour Youngstown
Youngstown, Youngstown State University
210 Lincoln Avenue, Cushwa Hall B100
November 13, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 PM OhioRevolt Athens
Athens, Ohio University, Morton Hall (East Green)
November 14, 2015 12:00 PM OhioRevolt Oberlin LWV
Oberlin, LWV Luncheon Oberlin Inn
7 N Main St, Oberlin, OH 44074
November 14, 2015 7:30 PM OhioRevolt Oberlin College
Oberlin, Oberlin College, Craig Lecture Hall
119 Wooldand Street Oberlin, OH 44074
November 15, 2015 1:30 PM OhioRevolt Defiance
Defiance, UAW Local 211 Union Hall
2120 Baltimore Street, Defiance, OH 43512
November 16, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 PM OhioRevolt Bowling Green
Bowling Green, Bowling Green State University,
Olscamp Hall, Room 117
November 17, 2015 12:00 P.M. OhioRevolt Columbus OSU
Columbus, The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium, Drinko Hall
55 W 12 Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
November 17, 2015 5:00 – 6:00 PM OhioRevolt Columbus Capital
Columbus, Capital University Law School
303 E. Broad Street, Room A-122, Annex Columbus, Ohio, 43215.
Parking is available in the lot off Capital Street which is the entrance that everyone will need to use. The lot is attached to the building.