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Secretary Husted Transmits “Fresh Start Act” Proposal to General Assembly


COLUMBUS – Pursuant to Article II, Section 1b of the Ohio Constitution, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today transmitted the proposed statute, known as the “Fresh Start Act,” to the leaders of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate for their consideration.

On November 6, 2015, Secretary Husted certified that petitioners seeking to place this initiated statute before the General Assembly collected 117,418 valid signatures. In order to bring the issue before the General Assembly for consideration, 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. They also needed to collect signatures equaling 1.5% of the total vote cast in the most recent gubernatorial election within at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The General Assembly has four months to act on 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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