In late March, the Ohio State Senate passed S.B. 5 (17-16), which the Ohio House of Representatives followed up by passing a modified version of the bill (53-44). The senate then approved the modified version of S.B. 5, which Governor Kasich eventually singed into law on March 31, 2001. In response, activists and community members opposed to S.B. 5 turned their attention to collecting signatures for a petition to put S.B. 5 on the ballot and effectively call for a referendum vote. The state AAUP worked with other organizations on the signature drive and referendum campaign, resulting in an approximately 46% voter turnout, with 38.41% of the votes in favor of S.B. 5 and 61.59% of the votes against S.B. 5 on November 8, 2011 (click here for a county by county accounting of the votes). The bill was thus repealed by a coalition of various organizations.
This section features writings of OU-AAUP members related to questions and issues the chapter works on, as well as articles of interest that highlight national news related to those issues.