MIAMISBURG - 

Today, Assistant Majority Floor Leader Sarah LaTourette and Democrat State Representative Glenn Holmes introduced House Joint Resolution 19, which would reform the way initiated Constitutional amendments can make it onto the ballot in Ohio. This follows the November 2017 introduction of House Joint Resolution 5 by Representative Niraj Antani, which provided a similar but different path to reform state issues in Ohio. HJR 19 retains the critical element of HJR 5 that raises the vote needed for passage of an initiated constitutional amendment from 50 to 60%. Additionally, HJR 19 limits petition signature collection to 180 days and moves the deadline for petition signature up to April 1st for a November election. As the main sponsor of the original plan HJR 5, Rep. Antani is proud to co-sponsor HJR 19.


 State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) released the following statement regarding HJR 19:


“For over a year, I’ve fought to stop out of state, moneyed special interests from coming into Ohio and wreaking havoc. It is long overdue for us to remove the ‘For Sale’ sign that has been on Ohio’s Constitution. With the introduction of HJR 5, I’ve been the leader in Ohio on reforming the way initiated Constitutional amendments can get on our ballot. I am very pleased to see House Leadership heed my call with the introduction of HJR 19, and am proud to co-sponsor it. I look forward to working with Assistant Majority Floor Leader Sarah LaTourette and Democrat State Representative Glenn Holmes in a bipartisan fashion on this incredibly important issue. While HJR 19 makes great strides in protecting our Constitution, we must also be careful in not shifting the focus of these out of state interests to the initiative statute process by making that easier to buy and sell to the highest bidder. As we continue this important debate, I will keep working to protect Ohioans from these out of state, moneyed special interests.”


 Representative Antani is available for media requests. Please contact him directly at 937-838-6517. 

 
 
 
  
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