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Craig Condemns Concurrence of S.J.R. 2

May 10, 2023
Hearcel F. Craig News

Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to concur with the changes made by the House of Representatives to Senate Joint Resolution 2, which would raise the threshold for Ohioans to pass citizen-initiated constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60%.

“One person, one vote…I spoke again today on the Senate floor to voice my strong, unequivocal opposition to this assault on our democracy,” said Craig. “I stand in solidarity with the Ohioans who came to protest this extremely critical issue to ensure that our precious Ohio Constitution remains accessible and just.”

On Tuesday, the House Rules and Reference Committee amended S.J.R. 2 to put the resolution before voters during the next special or general election. However, because Republicans voted to eliminate almost all August special elections in House Bill 458 during the 134th General Assembly, the resolution wouldn’t have appeared on the ballot until the November general election.

During Wednesday’s House session, S.J.R. 2 was amended again to include language that the resolution would be put before voters on August 8. In addition to changing the required threshold for voters to approve constitutional amendments, S.J.R. 2 requires signatures of at least 5% of the electors in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, instead of 44, and eliminates the 10-day period to file additional signatures for an initiated constitutional amendment.

The General Assembly will now file the resolution with the Secretary of State.