League of Women Voters of Ohio: Positions on the 2009 General Election Ballot Issues
Issue 1: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Authorize the State to Issue Bonds to Provide
Compensation to Veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts NEUTRAL
Issue 2: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board OPPOSE
Issue 3: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Authorize a Casino in Cleveland, Columbus,
Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio OPPOSE
In analyzing proposed constitutional amendments, the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWV-Ohio) begins with consideration of whether the proposed constitutional amendments properly belong in the Ohio Constitution or more properly should be legislated by the General Assembly. LWV-Ohio does not believe the Constitution should be littered with post-it notes ®. Rather, LWV-Ohio’s position on the Constitution, adopted in 1968, is that “a constitution should be a clearly stated body of fundamental principles. It should provide for the flexible operation of government and be logically organized and internally consistent.”
Passage of Issue 1 would amend the Ohio Constitution to provide additional compensation to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Bonding authority that lasts longer than 2 years as in the proposed amendment must be set forth in the Constitution. However, the LWV-Ohio has no position under which to take action on the issue of providing additional compensation to veterans. Therefore, the Board voted to take a NEUTRAL stance.
Passage of Issue 2 would amend the Ohio Constitution to create the Ohio Livestock Standards Board and set forth its composition and duties. The LWV-Ohio board voted to OPPOSE passage of this issue because the amendment contains too much specificity to be in the Ohio Constitution. The League’s opposition is based on its state position that the Ohio Constitution should be a clearly stated body of fundamental principles.
Passage of Issue 3 would authorize a casino in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. The LWV-Ohio board voted to OPPOSE passage of Issue 3 for the same reason it opposes Issue 2; the proposed casino amendment contains too much specificity to be included in the Ohio Constitution. In addition, Issue 3 violates the state League’s position that the legislature should have flexibility in financing state programs, because the amendment directs how the tax revenues will be allocated.
LWV-Ohio’s Position on Government: State Government Finance, State Finance, Criteria (Adopted 1989): LWV-Ohio supports the following tax principles as criteria to be used in evaluating individual taxes and the tax mix in Ohio. Taxes should:
1. Be fair and equitable;
2. Provide adequate resources for government programs while allowing flexibility for
financing future program changes….
By going to www.lwvohio.org you can access the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund November 2009 Ballot Issue Explanations.