Drug Pricing And Victims' Rights Proposals May Appear On Ohio Ballot In November
In this fall's special election, prescription drug prices and the rights afforded to the victim of a crime are the subjects of two statewide ballot issues that will likely reach Ohio voters.
All measures had until Wednesday to submit enough valid signatures to make the November 7 ballot.
The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act qualified for November's ballot, reaching more than 180,000 signatures. It's a citizen-initiated statute that would bar state agencies from buying drugs at prices higher than what's paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which receives deep discounts.
Signatures for a second proposed Constitutional amendment, nicknamed Marsy's Law, are being reviewed. It would give victims of a crime, and their families, the same rights as an accused or convicted criminal, including the right to be heard at a plea or sentencing proceeding.
A third measure to overhaul the state's Congressional map-making process will have to wait for 2018. After the proposal's language encountered some hurldes, the signatures for this petition have not yet been submitted.