KillTheBill

Looks like y’all would like FAQ post on how a referendum works based on information pulled from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. So, without further adieu, here’s how  a bill signed by the Governor can cease to be a law.

Step 1: Jai Chabra find that executive pen with custom Italian craftsmanship that Kasich insists on signing all his economic crushing legislation with.  Governor signs the bill and then sends it Secretary State to place his Seal and file.  Shannon Jones gets souvenir pen from signing ceremony.

Step 2: Labor, likely, will register a referendum committee with the Secretary of State’s office. 

Step 3: The Committee obtains 1,000 signatures of Ohio electors along with the total language of the bill and a summary of the bill to be subjected to the referendum.  This gets filed with Husted.  A copy of the referendum committee’s bill and summary is also filed with Mike DeWine’s office.

Step 4: Within ten business days of filing, Husted compares the submitted language with the text of the bill on file.  If accurate, he certifies the petition.  The Ohio Attorney General then decides if the submitted summary accurate reflects the actual language of the bill.  Once the AG gives this certification, the committee moves onto…

Step 5: A petition or partial petition which includes the text of bill to be subjected to the referendum is prepared.  The referendum committee must get at least 3% of the number of electors in each county who cast votes in the 2010 gubernatorial election in, at least, half the counties of Ohio with a grand total of the equivalent of 6% of the number of electors in the 2010 Governor’s race statewide.  Specifically, 231,147 signatures from valid registered Ohio voters.

Step 6: The sufficient petitions must be submitted within ninety days after the bill is signed into law. The Secretary of State then reviews the petition to certify whether sufficient signatures were submitted.  If not, the committee gets ten additional days after the Secretary determines the signatures are insufficient to submit enough signatures to cure the deficiency.

Step 7: If the petition is determined to be valid, the law will not become effective unless it receives a majority of the vote in the referendum.

Step 8: In no more than 300 words, the referendum committee drafts an argument advocating for the repeal of the bill.  The General Assembly appoints legislators to draft an argument against the referendum.

Step 9: Vote….

That’s it.  Now that’s not so hard, is it?

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  • Sluggo

    Let’s do it.

  • Anonymous

    Andrew Sullivan points out that the Republicans also slipped in some anti-gay legislation within SB5 (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/03/just-balancing-the-budget.html ):

    In Ohio’s legislation to curtail public sector union collective bargaining rights – just passed by the Senate – the following passage exists:

    Sec. 3101.01 of S.B. 5: … A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman. Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state and, if attempted to be entered into in this state, is void ab initio and shall not be recognized by this state. The recognition or extension by the state of the specific statutory benefits of a legal marriage to non-marital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is against the strong public policy of this state. Any public act, record or judicial proceeding of this state, as defined in section 9.82 of the Revised Code, that extends the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to non-marital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is void.

  • Veneficus

    Didn’t they already amend the state constitution to that effect in like, 2004? Kinda redundant, there.

  • Veneficus

    Didn’t they already amend the state constitution to that effect in like, 2004? Kinda redundant, there.

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  • Anonymous

    Read the rest of Sullivan’s post. We contacted him and he admitted he misread the legislation.

  • Anonymous

    Read the rest of Sullivan’s post. We contacted him and he admitted he misread the legislation.

  • Dennis L. Wansitler

    Sounds like a plan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steinmike Mike Stein

    What about the timing of when this goes on the ballot once signatures are gained (which I see as no problem). How is that determined?

  • guest

    Just trying to clarify. We’ve been told we need 1,000 signatures, PER COUNTY in Ohio to get the referendum? Is that incorrect? Is it 1,000 total initially? Then, if approved, we get 90 days to get over 200,000 signatures? Any designation of how much per county or anything like that? We had some concern because of the lower populations in the more rural counties making it more difficult to find supporters and collect signatures.

  • Greg Soper

    If Pharaoh Kasich signs the bill into law on March 15th, we have 90 days to get the petition complete? Please answer, I am holding a union meeting tomorrow, and I want to make sure we are ready for the process.

  • Adrienne

    Thanks for the civics lesson, Modern

  • Anonymous

    1,000 initially and then another 230k later.

  • Anonymous

    Not 1k per county initially.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Believe me, I think the Ohio AFL-CIO, SEIU, and other unions are already on top of this.

  • ThatDeborahGirl

    After we Kill the Bill how do we get Kasich out of the Governor’s office with a majority Republican Ohio House & Senate. Whatever we have to do, I’m on board. I want his ass gone. Let the doorknob hit him where the good Lord split him. Mubarak his ass out of office if we have to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.burik John Burik

    First regular or general election at least 60 days after.

  • Anonymous

    Someone keep an eye on Husted and DeWine in this whole process. Two more egregious Republican lackeys have probably never held these offices. They are Blackwell-like in their zeal to please their masters. And if I remember correctly, Husted doesn’t stoop to allow things like “laws” to interrupt his jackboot-licking. DeWine just can’t find another job besides running for something.

  • http://twitter.com/MyFriendCamilo Camilo José Villa

    How ’bout we circulate a petition for a referendum to amend the Ohio constitution to allow recall while we’re at it? ;)

  • Mckeever276

    the information of where to sign the petition is needed….there are thousands in my area in summit county that will sign…

  • Susgorman

    LMAO :)

  • Ohiomailman81

    Not hard to get if you really want this to get voted out Everyone get off the dime and goes out to get signatures

  • john

    count me in, as well as repeal legislation for those that voted for it. I think we can kill the bill but even getting a senator or reps name on a repeal will send a clear message. Also anything like this, momentum is very helpful

  • Lilpsiegel

    from my understanding when sharrod brown was on hard ball the demecrats are already planning to do this as soon as it passes

  • Lilpsiegel

    we have that right under our ohio state constitution already’
    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform, or abolish the same, whenever they may deem it necessary; and no special privileges or immunities shall ever be granted, that may not be altered, revoked, or repealed by the general assembly.

  • http://twitter.com/MyFriendCamilo Camilo José Villa

    It is my understanding that there is no mechanism to recall an elected governor in Ohio. I would love to be wrong.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Modern,, is it ok to copy and paste this — I would like to send to my chapters exec board members — we have a meeting next week —
    we are on this also — one of the members already went to board of elections and got a lot of voter Registration cards — If we can get most of the employees registered we should about make the 231,000 ( seein as theres like 350,000 of us )
    your great thx for the help,Modern

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Modern,, is it ok to copy and paste this — I would like to send to my chapters exec board members — we have a meeting next week —
    we are on this also — one of the members already went to board of elections and got a lot of voter Registration cards — If we can get most of the employees registered we should about make the 231,000 ( seein as theres like 350,000 of us )
    your great thx for the help,Modern

  • Anonymous

    Sure. Also look to SoS website I used to write the post.

  • Anissa

    You may have won the battle, but we will win the war!

  • ProfOnNotice

    Of course! This is the bit they will make sure to include in the referendum language.

  • Tina G

    Who starts the process? Right now I think about 241,000 people want the job!

  • Debrah127

    I’m in and will support whatever is needed to help us all and get the “Hitler” out of office….

  • Looking for the end of this

    Will that vote be at the November 2011 election then?

  • Anonymous

    I have faith in my union brothers and sisters in Husted’s and DeWine’s offices that they will be constantly looking over those guys’ shoulders and not let them get away with anything or delaying getting the petition certified.

  • Anonymous

    How many unionized public employees are there in Ohio?

  • Nyse

    Hopefully it will not be hard to get 231,000 signatures. Gay Pride day is coming up in Columbus and according to the article, Columbus Pride. Traditionally held in late June, Columbus Pride was moved up by a week last year and now set to take place again the same weekend this year – dates are June 17 and 18, 2011. A nice aspect of this is that it no longer falls on the same weekend several major Gay Pride events around the country, including Chicago Gay Pride and New York City Gay Pride – this may partly explain why Columbus Pride set records last year, drawing more than 195,000 participants and spectators. with this bill spouting anti gay rhetoric, hopefully some signatures can be obtained. Hopefully union and even exempt and retirees can have a presence to get signatures. This bill affects more than just current public employees as it is an attack against unions, pay of public employees union and exempt. It is an attack against the retirees of the public employment. Google The Grand Bargain is Dead and you will see that legislators are following the recomendations of this report that was put out last year.

  • Lshultz7

    I’ve been a Republican for over 35 years and for the first time in my life I’ve donated money to the Democratic Party and will continue to do so until every last person that voted for SB-5 is defeated. This is NOT my Republican Party!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dragondani73 Dani RN 4 Obamacare

    I would like to take that pen and poke Shannon in the eye ball…a girl can dream

  • Anonymous

    what did you think would happen when you gave free reign to all these corporate tea baggers? they are using religion, the constiution and anything else that will put $ in their foreign accounts. we lived thru this in the 80′s in the auto industry. we started with givebacks and concessions in 1980. now it only matters because it is teachers, policemen, firemen, and nurses. thanks a bunch for standing behind us in the 1980′s. keep voting republican and you’ll get more of the same.

  • Down with SB 5

    No, 231,000 + signatures from 44 counties to get it on the ballot (a percentage of qualified registered voters from each of the 44 counties based on number of votes cast from past election). 90 days to collect these signatures. After signatures are verified as qualified signatures and if there are not enough qualified signatures we will be given 10 days to get the remaining qualified registered voter signatures.

  • Down with SB 5

    No

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