Today, the Ohio House of Representatives concurred on Senate changes to House Joint Resolution 4, a resolution that would block any proposal of a constitutional amendment that would create a monopoly in the state.

Sponsored by State Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Mike Curtin (D-Marble Cliff), HJR 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 because constitutionally, pending the passage of two conflicting amendments, the one with the most votes prevails.

Rep. Smith issued the following statement on the passage of the resolution:

“The changes implemented by the Ohio Senate on H.J.R.4 ensure that the language in the resolution is solid enough to defend against constitutional monopolies, and I’m pleased today that the House has concurred on the resolution. It is important that state officials, elected by the people, protect our constitution from being exploited by a small group of individuals who will financially benefit from a constitutional amendment that supports monopolies. With guidelines in place to make certain that Ohioans can still place economic monopoly measures on the ballot, we have ensured that the process is more careful and thought-out for the well-being of Ohioans and our constitution.”

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