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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ohio Supreme Court Rules That Anti-Drilling Charters Will Not Be Placed on Ballots

From the Youngstown Vindicator:
Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court. 
Justices said in a 6-1 decision today that Husted didn’t have the discretion to assess the legality of “community rights charters” offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but he had another valid reason to toss the measures. 
The charters effectively would have banned the gas-drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by restricting all related development projects. Husted said that unconstitutionally circumvented state fracking law that had already been litigated. The court said the move was outside Husted’s authority. 
However, they ruled a secondary reason Husted cited – that the issues failed to satisfy threshold requirements for legal charter initiatives – was justified.
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