Toledo's Anti-Drilling Measure Becomes the Latest to Fail in Court
The Ohio Supreme Court denied a request Friday to force the Lucas County Board of Elections to place a Lake Erie Bill of Rights initiative on the November ballot.
Last month, Toledoans for Safe Water filed a lawsuit with the court against the elections board for denying the group’s request to have its proposed measure on the ballot that calls for a vote to amend the Toledo City Charter and declare the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish.” It also proposes the world’s 11th largest body of water be given rights as an ecosystem that citizens would be legally entitled to defend.
The Supreme Court found the Toledoans for Safe Water failed to show the elections board abused discretion or disregarded the law by rejecting their petition.
Assistant county prosecutor Kevin Pituch, who represented the elections board, said in an email Friday he is pleased with the decision. He previously argued the Lake Erie group’s proposal went beyond the scope of what city law could enforce.Read the rest of the article by clicking here.
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