THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Friday, April 2, 2010
Ohio voters may get to decide this fall whether to exempt the state from federal health-care reforms.
Attorney General Richard Cordray yesterday approved the language of a petition sponsored by the Ohio Liberty Council and other conservative groups to remove Ohio residents from requirements to purchase health insurance and to participate in health plans.
The proposed ballot measure still needs approval from the Ohio Ballot Board before supporters can begin circulating a petition. They would need about 402,000 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters by early July to place the issue on the November ballot as a constitutional amendment.
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“Of course we’re excited but we realize this is just step one,” said Chris Littleton, president of the Ohio Liberty Council, a coalition of conservative and libertarian groups. “Getting 400,000 valid signatures in just a couple of months is a daunting task.”
Littleton said the group already has identified 2,000 volunteer petition circulators. The council does not plan to use paid petition circulators, which have become almost standard in recent ballot-measure campaigns in Ohio.
This article was posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 4:53 am