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State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) voted for a resolution that would block any proposal of a constitutional amendment that would create a monopoly in the state.


House Joint Resolution 4 calls for a constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming general election that would ensure that monopolies cannot be created through the use of constitutional amendments. This would block any upcoming initiatives that create a monopoly from becoming effective in the Ohio Constitution. If two conflicting amendments are on the same ballot and both amendments get majority votes, the one with the most votes prevails.


“The peoples’ initiative shouldn’t be used to create monopolies for a few wealthy individuals in our state’s founding document,” said Representative Sprague.


Ohioans would still be able to propose an economic monopoly, but it would be through a more careful two-step process. First, individuals must vote to suspend the anti-monopoly provision at a general election and then must approve that same economic monopoly at the following general election.


Other states have enacted anti-monopoly provisions, including North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee and Texas.

 
 
 
  
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