Cases to Watch—Lower Court Cases Raising Ohio Constitutional Issues

Cases to Watch is a new feature that has been added to the Ohio Constitution: Law and Historywebsite (link) and can be found by going to the Court Decisions menu on the website. Cases to Watch identifies cases that are pending in the lower courts of Ohio and that involve important state constitutional issues. The […]

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Partisan Gerrymandering in Ohio—Guest Columns

During the last two years, Dean Emeritus/Professor Emeritus Steven Steinglass has written several guest columns on the topic of partisan gerrymandering, the most recent of which was published on June 12, 2024, by the on-line Ohio Capital Journal. This column, The Business Case for Rejecting Ohio Gerrymandering (link), addresses the history of redistricting in the

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Website Enhanced with Addition of Proposed Joint Resolutions

The Ohio Constitutional Law and History website (see link) has been enhanced by the addition of all joint resolutions introduced in the General Assembly since the 131st General Assembly in 2015–2016. As first adopted in the 1851 Ohio Constitution, the General Assembly may propose constitutional amendments to the voters through the use of joint resolutions, which must be

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The Ohio Constitution—A Snapshot & the Plans for Ohio Constitution News

The current Ohio Constitution, the Constitution of 1851, is the sixth oldest in the country and the second oldest outside New England. States with older constitutions are: Massachusetts (1780). New Hampshire (1784), Vermont (1793), Maine (1819),and Wisconsin (1848). NOTE: Ohio voters approved the Constitution on June 17, 1851, and it became effective on September 1,

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A Busy First Quarter: The Ohio Supreme Court Decided Seven More Ohio Constitutional  Cases in the First Quarter of 2024

The Ohio Supreme Court continues to decide cases involving the Ohio Constitution.  In 2023, the court issued 23 opinions that addressed directly or indirectly the Ohio Constitution.  These cases were listed in an in earlier OCN post and summarized under the Court Decisions menu on the website. See link. And in the first quarter of

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Ohio Supreme Court Decides 23 Cases Involving the Ohio Constitution in 2023

During 2023, the Ohio Supreme Court decided 23 cases that implicated directly or indirectly the Ohio Constitution. Some of these cases had detailed opinions addressing the Ohio Constitution while others only mentioned the Ohio Constitution in passing. And some cases declined to reach the state constitutional issue. These cases (and others back to 2000) are

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