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    November 07, 2011

    Official Ohio ballot language

    Language on the official ballot can be cumbersome and difficult to decipher. We’ve provided the exact language that will be printed on your 2011 Election ballot along with easy to understand summaries of the Chamber positions so you can familiarize yourself with what you’ll see tomorrow at the polls.

    State Issues

    Issue 1 to Increase the Maximum Age At Which A Person May Be Elected Or Appointed Judge, to Eliminate the Authority of the General Assembly to Establish Courts of Conciliation, and to Eliminate the Authority of the Governor to Appoint A Supreme Court Commission

    PROPOSED BY JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO AMEND SECTION 6 OF ARTICLE IV AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 19 AND 22 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO

    This proposed amendment would:

    1. Increase the maximum age for assuming elected or appointed judicial office from seventy to seventy-five.
    2. Eliminate the General Assembly's authority to establish courts of conciliation.
    3. Eliminate the Governor's authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission.

    If approved, the proposed amendment will take effect immediately.

    A "YES" vote means approval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22. A "NO" vote means disapproval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22.

    SHALL THE AMENDMENT BE APPROVED?
    YES
    NO


    Issue 2 Referendum on New Law Relative to Government Union Contracts and Other Government Employment Contracts and Policies

    Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 5 is a new law relative to government union contracts and other government employment contracts and policies.

    A "YES" vote means you approve the law. A "NO" vote means you reject the law.

    This proposed referendum would: Affect public employees, in particular, teachers, firefighters and police. Prohibit public employees from striking, eliminate binding arbitration as a way to settle contract disputes, require performance based pay for teachers, establish a minimum that public employees must pay for health insurance and pensions, allow the governing body (public employer) to impose its own last offer to settle a contract dispute.

    If approved, the provisions of SB 5 will take effect immediately after the election.

    SHALL THE LAW BE APPROVED?
    YES (To approve the law)
    NO (To reject the law) 


    Issue 3 to Preserve the Freedom of Ohioans to Choose Their Health Care and Health Care Coverage

    PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION TO ADOPT SECTION 21 OF ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO

    The proposed amendment would provide that:

    1. In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.
    2. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.
    3. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.

    The proposed amendment would not:

    1. Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 19, 2010.
    2. Affect which services a health care provider or hospital is required to perform or provide.
    3. Affect terms and conditions of government employment.
    4. Affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.

    If approved, the amendment will be effective thirty days after the election.

    SHALL THE AMENDMENT BE APPROVED?
    YES
    NO


    Local Issues - City of Cincinnati

    Issue 32 Proposed Tax Levy (Additional) - Cincinnati City School District (Majority Approval Required)

    An additional tax for the benefit of the Cincinnati City School District, County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of GENERAL PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS at a rate not exceeding seven and ninety-five hundredths (7.95) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to seventy-nine and five tenths cents ($0.795) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012.

    FOR THE TAX LEVY
    AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 


    Issue 37 Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal and Decrease) - County of Hamilton (Majority Approval Required)

    A renewal of a part of an existing levy, being a reduction of forty-two hundredths (0.42) mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of SUPPLEMENTING THE GENERAL FUND TO PROVIDE HEALTH AND HOSPITALIZATION SERVICES, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL at a rate not exceeding four and seven- hundredths (4.07) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to forty and seven-tenths cents ($0.407) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for three (3) years, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012.

    FOR THE TAX LEVY
    AGAINST THE TAX LEVY


    Issue 38 Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) - County of Hamilton (Majority Approval Required)

    A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of SUPPLEMENTING THE GENERAL FUND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN SERVICES AND THE CARE AND PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN at a rate not exceeding two and seventy-seven hundredths (2.77) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty- seven and seven tenths cents ($0.277) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012.

    FOR THE TAX LEVY
    AGAINST THE TAX LEVY


    Issue 44 Proposed Ordinance Electric Aggregation - City of Cincinnati (Majority Approval Required)

    Shall the City of Cincinnati have the authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the City of Cincinnati, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of electricity, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

    YES
    NO 


    Issue 45 Proposed Ordinance Gas Aggregation - City of Cincinnati (Majority Approval Required)

    Shall the City of Cincinnati have the authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located in the City of Cincinnati, and for that purpose, enter into service agreements to facilitate for those loads the sale and purchase of natural gas, such aggregation to occur automatically except where any person elects to opt out?

    YES
    NO 


    Issue 46 Proposed Charter Amendment (Ordinance No. 252-2011) - City of Cincinnati (Majority Approval Required)

    Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati be amended to align the dates of the campaign finance report filings for City Council and mayoral candidates with the dates City Council and mayoral candidates must file campaign finance reports with the Hamilton County Board of Elections, by amending Section 2 of Article XIII?

    YES
    NO  


    Issue 47 Proposed Charter Amendment - City of Cincinnati (Majority Approval Required)

    Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati be amended to prohibit the City, its various boards, agencies and departments, from assessing, levying, or collecting any tax or general assessment on real properties, or against the owners or occupants thereof, for the collection, transportation or disposal of trash, garbage, waste, rubbish or refuse by enacting new Article XVII?

    YES
    NO 


    Issue 48 Proposed Charter Amendment - City of Cincinnati (Majority Approval Required)

    Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati be amended to prohibit the City, the City Manager, the Mayor, the Council and the City's various boards, commissions, agencies and departments from spending or appropriating any monies or incurring any indebtedness or contractual obligations for the purpose of financing, designing, engineering, constructing, building or operating a streetcar system which means a system of passenger vehicles operated on rails constructed primarily in existing public right of ways through the year 2020, by enacting new Article XVI?

    YES
    NO

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