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Ohio Supreme Court Decides Citizens’ Initiative Can Go on the Ballot

The issue, which the city has been fighting, will go on the ballot in November.

The Ohio Supreme Court has decided that the city's citizens’ petition initiative can go on the ballot in November.

The issue argues that money isn’t equal to speech and corporations aren’t equal to people—if passed, the city would have to send a letter to state and federal representatives saying Brecksville voters support adding a federal amendment saying just that. The city has been fighting this issue, saying it's beyond their reach.

On Monday, the Ohio Supreme Court denied or dismissed all of the city’s requests, which means that the issue will go to voters in November. There were five justices in favor and two who dissented.

The decision and the “slip opinion,” which is not yet formalized, can be read on the court’s website.

Brecksville Law Director David J. Matty could not be reached as of publication.

Rose Petsche, one of the leaders of Brecksville Citizens for Transparent Politics—the group that collected signatures to put the issue on the ballot—said in an email that there would be an informational meeting about the issue at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Brecksville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Update, 1 p.m., Oct. 2
Law Director David J. Matty said the city would abide by the court’s decision and no further action would be taken.

Fred E. Pedersen November 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Corporations are beholden only to their stockholders. For many of our multinational corporations this means foreign owners as well as domestic owners. When that US company uses its Supreme Court given Freedom of speech in the form of millions of dollars in donations to super pacs those foreign owners among the stockholders have many times more freedom of speech than the vast majority of US citizens. That is why the supreme court decision is wrong and that is why voting yes on issue 25 is right for each and every citizen of Brecksville, Democrat, Republican and Independent. None of us should be proud of all of the super pac money being spent in this election to purchase senate seats, house seats and other political offices which is why one of the founders of the Tea Party is against the decision along with Senator John McCain and the vast majority of the rational ;citizens of this country.
Jeff Mihalich November 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Based on your logic, employees of foreign company's should not be able to donate to campaigns. John McCain sponsored Mcain-Fiengold to solidify the donations of Washington insiders. Save our constitution, Save Freedom of speech, Vote with our Mayor and City Counsel. VOTE NO ON ISSUE 25
Fred E. Pedersen November 03, 2012 at 11:09 PM
John McCain sponsored McCain-Feingold because he knew and still knows today that Congress should regulate political contributions, therefore giving rise to greater free speech by US citizens and less interference in our politcal process by mega corporations such as Koch Industries or the AFL-CIO. Keep Free Speech Alive Vote Yes on Issue 25.
Fred E. Pedersen November 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Based on my logic Corporations are NOT people, only human beings are. Money is NOT free speech and as such, should be regulated by Congress. US citizens who are employees of foreign companies absolutely should contribute to, the candidate or candidates of their choice. Corporations should not be allowed to contribute unlimited millions of dollars with no accountability which the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has now established. We seek an amendment to the Constitution to correct their mistake. We have been very careful with Issue 25 to insure that it does fit within the responsibilities of the city of Brecksville and its leaders. Both the Secretary of State of Ohio, who has jurisdicfikn over
Fred E. Pedersen November 03, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Jurisdiction over such matters and the Ohio Supreme Court agree that Issue 25 belongs on the ballot for the citizens of Brecksville to vote on. Keep Free Speech Alive Vote Yes on Issue 25.

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