2017 Issues & Levies Information

Issue 1: Rights for Crime Victims

The proposed amendment would expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require that the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused. More specifically, for the purpose of ensuring due process, respect, fairness, and justice for crime victims and their families in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, the amendment would provide victims with:

• the right to privacy and to be treated with respect, fairness, and dignity;
• the right to information about the rights and services available to crime victims;
• the right to notification in a timely manner of all proceedings in the case;
• the right to be present and heard at all court proceedings, including the right to petition the court to protect the victim’s rights;
• the right to a prompt conclusion of the case;
• to refuse discovery requests made by the accused, except as authorized by Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio constitution; 
• the right to reasonable protection from the accused;
• the right to notice of the release or escape of the accused; and
• the right to restitution. 

The proposed amendment would not establish a cause of action for damages or compensation against the state or any political subdivision.

If approved, the amendment will be effective 90 days after the election.

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Issue 2: To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for the defense of the law.

To enact Chapter 194 of the Ohio Revised Code, which would:

• Require the State of Ohio, including its state departments, agencies and entities, to not pay more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

• Establish that the individual petitioners responsible for proposing the law have a direct and personal stake in defending the law; require the State to pay petitioners’ reasonable attorney fees and other expenses; require the petitioners to pay $10,000 to the State if the law is held by a court to be unenforceable and limit petitioners’ personal liability to that amount; and require the Attorney General to defend the law if challenged in court.

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Issue 9: Toledo City School District (Proposed Tax Levy Renewal)

“A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Toledo City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 6.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 65 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.”

Issue 12: Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area (Proposed Tax Levy Renewal)

“A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area for the purpose of operating, improving, conserving and protecting Wildwood, Pearson, Oak Openings, Side Cut, Swan Creek, Secor, Middlegrounds, Westwinds, Blue Creek, Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis, Wiregrass Lake, Howard Marsh, Toledo Botanical Garden, Farnsworth, Providence and Bend View/Canal Land Metroparks and acquiring, operating, improving, conserving and protecting new metropark lands at a rate not exceeding 1.4 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 14 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for ten years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.”

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