Amicus Urges Permanent Injunction Against Ohio Law

Mon, Mar 17 2014 by Neal Hobson

Two organizations, Judicial Watch and Allied Educational Foundation, have filed an amicus curiae brief in the federal lawsuit, Citizens in Charge v. Husted, which seeks a permanent injunction against an Ohio law that bans the recruitment of out-of-state petitioners to collect signatures for ballot initiatives.

“This Ohio law unlawfully limits the right of the people to govern themselves through the initiative process,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Ohio’s law intrudes on a fundamental right not often emphasized by politicians – the citizens’ right to place additional checks on the power of their elected representatives.”

The Ohio law being challenged, which began as Senate Bill 47, was passed by the legislature in June of 2013.  It restricts petitioning only to Ohio residents.

A preliminary injunction has been issued against enforcement of the residency requirement and Citizens in Charge, et al, are seeking to make that injunction permanent. The case is currently before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Examiner: JW, AEF challenging Ohio law restricting ballot initiative signature gathering