State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today as the work of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission very likely comes to an end:

“A society’s constitution is a statement of not only its rules, but its values. Enshrined in our American and Ohio constitutions are timeless ideals like our inalienable human rights, our right to equal protection of the laws, our right to speak and worship without government censorship and our right to participate in our democracy. These documents also allow us to correct our past failures as a society and to modernize how we organize ourselves to be our best selves. The importance of these documents is hard to overstate.

“It has been my honor to serve with this group of public servants since its inception six years ago. Former Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder’s idea of a ten-year, intensive study of our constitution has given me a window to view our state’s history and allowed me to consider the foundational principles of our state that guide us as policymakers and impact our lives every day as citizens. I’m disappointed we will not be permitted to fulfill our full ten-year duty. The commission has not been without its frustrations, however, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished here. Our work will stand for posterity and inform future generations charged with protecting Ohioans’ rights. I hope they will learn from our mistakes and our successes.”

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