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Secretary of State Certifies Signatures for “Fresh Start Act”

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Secretary of State Certifies Signatures for “Fresh Start Act”

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that petitioners seeking to place an initiated statute, known as the “Fresh Start Act,” before the General Assembly have collected 117,418 valid signatures. Petitioners needed 91,677 valid signatures, a number equal to three percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014, in order to bring the issue before the General Assembly for consideration.

The group also needed to collect signatures equal to 1.5% of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election within 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. The group met or exceeded the county-by-county threshold in 61 counties.

Having met the constitutional requirements, the Secretary of State will transmit the proposed statute to the leaders of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate upon commencement of the next legislative session in 2016. The legislature has four months from that point to act upon the proposal. If lawmakers do not pass the law, pass it in an amended form or take no action after four months, petitioners may collect additional signatures in order to place the issue on the ballot.

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