Letter to the Editor / Akron Beacon Journal
October 28, 2015
It was enthusiastically supported as an “anti-monopoly” constitutional amendment by many of the same legislators and interests who sat on their hands when the casino monopoly initiative earlier appeared on the ballot.
It was fast-tracked through the Ohio legislature with little time for debate.
It provides no definitions of key terms — such as “monopoly,” “commerce,” “commercial interest” and numerous others.
It would provide monopoly power to the Ohio Ballot Board to interpret the above non-defined terms to determine whether a circulated citizen initiative would create a “monopoly.”
It would insulate wealthy and corporate interests from citizen-initiated measures supporting state tax and commercial laws favoring the non-wealthy and small or cooperative businesses that may better protect people and communities.
It would weaken citizen initiatives, whereby citizens gather signatures to place a law directly on the ballot for voter consideration, one of our few remaining tools for direct democracy.
When a few with significant political power in any society call for weakening citizens’ power, we must resist.
Vote no on state Issue 2.
Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee