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Government & Politics
2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Election 2018: Views on Issue 1

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Issue 1 would change how Ohio punishes drug offenders.

In November, Ohioans will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution with a provision that addresses how the state handles drug offenders. Issue 1, which is titled To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs, would add a new Section 12 to Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. The official language of the proposal is here:

 

The League of Women Voters offers a summary of the pros and cons of Issue 1.

Here are links to the stories WKSU has published regarding views on Issue 1:

Issue 1 Supporters and Opponents Make Their Case

Issue 1 supporters prefer treatment over prison time, but opponents say it will weaken prosecutors

Gubernatorial candidates raise the profile of Issue 1

Backers of Ohio Issue 1 are concerned with the wording that will appear on the ballot

Ohio state bar association speaks out against Issue 1

Ohio Supreme Court chief justice worries Issue 1 will take away the power of drug courts

Issue 1 supporter disputes chief justice's drug court concerns

Former Ohio Supreme Court justice: Issue 1 is a horrible idea

Substance abuse surivor opposes Issue 1, says drug court saved her life

Buckeye Institute voices Issue 1 concerns

Ohio Budget Office Says Issue 1 Will Cost Local Communities