Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Time to Amend the Ohio Constitution?

Plain Dealer columnist Tom Suddes ran a column this week calling for a new constitutional convention for Ohio. Ohio's had three constitutions during its history. One was adopted in 1803 when Ohio became a state; the second one was adopted in 1851; and the third was adopted in 1912. The 1912 constitution is constitution Ohio uses today. Therefore, in the first 109 years of Ohio's existence as a state, it adopted three constitutions, but hasn't adopted a new constitution for the last 94 years. As Suddes writes, Ohio is overdue for a new constitution.

In his column Suddes advocates the adoption of a one house General Assembly, like Nebraska's; going from five state-wide elected executive officers to two, governor and auditor; and addressing hot-button social issues. It is a very thought-provoking idea. You can read all of the column here: http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/thomas_suddes/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1166261749183420.xml&coll=2

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