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Petition to Control Drug Prices for People with HIV and AIDS Hits a Snag

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ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Secretary of State’s office is telling backers of a drug-price ballot issue that there are problems with their petitions. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has submitted petition signatures to get Ohio lawmakers to take action on a plan that would limit how much drug companies can charge for drugs for people with HIV and AIDS. But Josh Eck with the Secretary of State’s office says those petitions have been returned to county boards of elections for review because of potential problems.

“It appears as though someone other than the circulator or the voter themselves has omitted names and redacted them, which is against Ohio law.”

Eck says there are other discrepancies with the petition pages. The group has until Jan. 29th to re-submit the petitions.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.