Proposed anti-House Bill 6 referendum clears initial hurdle
COLUMBUS — "Efforts to hold a statewide referendum to overturn Ohio’s newly passed nuclear power plant bailout law moved a step closer to reality Thursday, as Attorney General Dave Yost announced he has approved supporters’ ballot summary language.
According to usual practice, Yost, a Columbus-area Republican, didn’t weigh in on whether he supports or opposes the measure.
If Secretary of State Frank LaRose certifies an initial batch of 1,000 signatures collected from registered voters favoring the referendum, that means backers of the effort will have the green light to start collecting the 265,774 petition signatures by Oct. 21 needed for the referendum on House Bill 6 to appear on the November 2020 ballot.
Earlier this month, Yost rejected proposed ballot summary language – a succinct explanation of the proposal provided to voters asked to sign a petition supporting the measure – submitted by Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, the group seeking the referendum. The AG cited 21 errors he found in the proposed language, including inaccurate definitions of terms and misstating the size of energy projects that are eligible for a property tax exemption."
— Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com