DeWine rejects petition for 'The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative' amendment

Submission must contain at least 1,000 signatures of qualified voters to be accepted.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 21, 2014


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine this week rejected a petition seeking to amend the Ohio Constitution by adding “The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative” because the petitioners did not submit the minimum valid signatures required.

Ohio Revised Code 3519.01(A) states that a proposed initiated constitutional amendment must contain at least 1,000 signatures of qualified voters. The submission, received on May 9, contained only 836 valid signatures from 22 part-petitions.

“The Attorney General’s Office has not made any determination concerning the summary language of the submission,” DeWine said. “This rejection is based upon the failure to obtain at least one thousand valid signatures.”



Gee, some one actually obeys the law.


A good read concerning this;

"A ballot proposal called the “Ohio Clean Energy Initiative” was rejected yesterday by Attorney General Mike DeWine because it didn’t have the required 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters.

The petitioners submitted 1,504 names to DeWine’s office on May 9, but only 836 — 56 percent — were found to be valid.

DeWine said he made no evaluation of the wording of the proposal because it didn’t have enough signatures. All the submitted names came from Lucas and Cuyahoga counties.

The proposal calls for a $13 billion state investment in wind, solar, geothermal and other energy projects over 10 years. The money would be solely controlled by an Ohio commission incorporated in the state of Delaware. Ohio would be severely limited in how much it could control or influence the selection of projects and investments.

The backers are five people from central Ohio.

The proposal surfaced in 2012, when the ballot language was approved. However, backers never gathered the 385,253 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters needed to place it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment."

(By Alan Johnson The Columbus Dispatch )