Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ohio Tea Party Groups Challenge Health Care Mandate with Constitutional Amendment

The Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of over 25 grassroots groups, has submitted a proposed state constitutional amendment that will “preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.” The amendment, drafted by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, would protect Ohioans from the financial burdens and individual mandates contained in the new federal health care measure passed by Congress. The group filed constitutional amendment summary language and nearly 3,000 signatures from registered voters in 48 counties with the Ohio Secretary of State and Attorney General.

Once the wording of the amendment is approved by the Ohio Attorney General, it is then sent to the The Ohio Ballot Board for certification as a “single issue”.

In order for the amendment to appear on the November ballot, the law requires that petitions with at least 402,275 valid voter signatures be submitted by the end of June.  That is a huge undertaking and the effort is already short on time.  Our only hope lies in technology, organization, and the networking power of the Tea Party Movement.

But Technology is the answer to overcome the time crunch and successfully achieve the 500,000 signatures needed to place the amendment on the November 2010 ballot.

ORGANIZATION is our best hope! You can preregister to sign a petition once the wording is approved.  Go to The Ohio Project and register to be notified when and where you can sign a petition.

The Ohio Project

The amendment language is available here.


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