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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ohio Supreme Court Rules That Youngstown Fracking Ban Will Not Go on Ballot for 7th Time

From the Youngstown Vindicator:
There won’t be charter amendments to ban fracking or change how elections are conducted on Youngstown’s Nov. 7 ballot. 
In a 4-3 decision Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected an appeal by officials with the two groups backing the proposals to overturn Sept. 6 votes by the Mahoning County Board of Elections not to permit either to be put in front of voters this fall. 
One proposal would have sought to ban fracking and fracking-related activities – city voters have rejected similar ballot initiatives six previous times – and the other would have changed how elections are conducted in the city, including restricting who can give campaign contributions. 
Supporters filed writs of mandamus with the Supreme Court on Sept. 7.
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