Ohio Supreme Court sides with Kent citizens group on ballot initiative

September 18, 2015
LAUREN BLUE

Local citizens group wins a spot on the November ballot to try to force hearings on corporate influence

A local citizens group has won a victory in its effort to get a charter amendment referendum on the November ballot.

Kent Citizen’s for Democracy is backing an amendment that would require the city to have annual public hearings about the influence of money and corporations on politics.

The city denied the group’s measure, claiming they needed to collect more than 1,700 signatures, which the Ohio Supreme Court says is higher than the level set by the Ohio Constitution.

Lee Brooker with Kent Citizens for Democracy says they realized they didn’t need that many signatures while working on a previous charter amendment.

Listen to interview at http://www.wksu.org/news/story/44394

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