While 2015 is considered an “off year”
for elections as no Ohio Statehouse, Congressional or statewide candidates will
be on the ballot, there are a number of issues that will likely appear before
the voters on November 3, 2015. There are several that will be of interest
to the Ohio small-business community. NFIB/Ohio is in the process of
looking to our membership to form positions on these during the summer months.
asked the question in June – Should NFIB/Ohio support House Joint Resolution
4 (HJR 4), a constitutional amendment that would ask the voters of the State of
Ohio to prohibit the creation of monopolies through the use of
citizen-initiated constitutional amendments? As always, background
information as well as proponent and opponent arguments were offered. We
will soon be able to take a formal position on the issue and appreciate the
members who completed their special ballots. This will likely appear as issue 2
on the statewide ballot in November.
the July NFIB/Ohio Leadership Council meeting, members heard from guest
speakers on the efforts to reform the redistricting process in Ohio as well as
from both sides of the potential legalization of marijuana. We are in the
process of finalizing the special ballots to the NFIB/Ohio membership and they
should be arriving over the next several weeks in your e-mail in box. Please
vote your special ballots to help NFIB/Ohio formulate a position on these
always we will once again propose a question, provide background, as well as give
proponent and opponent arguments on the issues as they relate to the business
community in Ohio. Members receive one vote and will have about one week
to cast it and make their opinion heard. This is an important part of
your membership with NFIB. The ballot process is one of the unique aspects that
sets NFIB apart from other associations.
is critical we hear from the membership on issues such as these if we are to
take a position on either side. If you have any question on these issues,
please contact NFIB/Ohio legislative director Chris Ferruso at [email protected] and he can
discuss them with you.