2009 Legislature

2009 Healthcare & Pension Advocates for STRS
2009 Healthcare & Pension Advocates for STRS [Word Document]

2006 Legislature

2006 Legislative Survey Publication
2006 Legislative Survey Publication [Word Document]
2006 Legislative Survey Publication [Excel Document]

Ohio Conference AAUP Opposes 2006 Statewide Ballot Issue 3

The November 2006 Ballot Issue 3 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize slot machines at 7 existing race tracks and 2 new casinos in downtown Cleveland. Profits from the slot machines will go to the facility operators (55%) and the Ohio Board of Regents to fund a college scholarship program (30%).

The conference Board of Trustees adopted a resolution opposing Issue 3 at its meeting on September 30, 2006 because of two principal concerns:

• The ethical and social problems associated with state-authorized slot machine gambling outweigh the benefits.

2005 Legislature

Ohio Conference AAUP Endorses 2005 Statewide Ballot Issues

Issue 1: Jobs for Ohio
Placed on the ballot by the General Assembly, this proposal would authorize the state to issue general obligation bonds of up to $1.35 billion for local government capital improvements to infrastructure; $500 million to provide financial assistance through state and local government and state-supported and state-assisted institutions of higher education for research and development; and $150 million for state use to develop job-ready sites and facilities in Ohio.
Endorsement Rationale
This issue continues the state government’s commitment to the state’s infrastructure and also includes support for university-based research.

Issue 2: Early Voting
This proposal would provide for early voting, without stating a reason, by mail or in person during the 35 days prior to an election.
Endorsement Rationale
Reforms that make it easier for people to vote improve our political system.

Issue 3: Campaign Finance
The key provisions of this proposal include: reducing the amount an individual can contribute to a candidate or political committee from $10,000 to $2,000; reinstating the prohibition on political contributions from corporations; and requiring public disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures.
Endorsement Rationale
These reforms have the potential of reducing the influence of major campaign contributors on state policy.

Issue 4: Legislative Redistricting
This proposal would replace the current Apportionment Board made up of elected officials with an independent redistricting commission. Any person or organization would be permitted to submit a proposed map. The commission would be required to adopt the map that creates the most competitive districts (between the two major political parties).
Endorsement Rationale
The current redistricting process provides a large partisan advantage to the party that controls the Apportionment Board. Future redistricting by the independent commission will produce more competitive districts which should lead to greater voter turnout and a reduction in the current polarization of the legislature.

Issue 5: Election Administration
This proposal would establish a bipartisan state board of elections supervisors (similar to the existing county boards of elections) to administer elections in Ohio, replacing the Secretary of State in this role.
Endorsement Rationale
This proposal will eliminate the possibility that the Secretary of State will administer elections in a way that benefits his/her political party.