Ohio Constitution Passes 60,000 Word Threshold

With the approval by Ohio voters of the Reproductive Rights (formally titled “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety”) Amendment on November 7, 2023, see Ohio Const. Art. I, sec. 22, Ohio crossed a significant threshold and now has more than 60,100 words in its oft-amended constitution, the 1851 Ohio Constitution.  […]

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Website Updated to Include Balance of October 2022 Cases and to Update the Pipeline to November 1, 2022

The Court Decisions involving Ohio constitutional issues has been updated to include the balance of cases through the end of October 2022. In addition, the Pipeline has been updated, effective November 1, 2022, to reflect cases pending before the Ohio Supreme Court that involve issues under the Ohio Constitution.

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2022 Ohio Supreme Court Decisions on the Ohio Constitution Added to the Website Along with a Pipeline Chart on Pending Cases Involving Issues under the Ohio Constitution

The website has been updated to include the 2022 decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court involving the Ohio Constitution, including the 2022 redistricting cases.  The cases include links to the decision and to the court’s docket. In addition, a new feature, a Pipeline Chart, is now included on the website. The chart, which includes links to

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Ohio Supreme Court Holds That Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Reagan Tokes Act Is Ripe for Judicial Review in a Direct Appeal of the Initial Sentence

Ohio courts are not bound by the case or controversy requirements of Article III of the U.S. Constitution in determining whether cases in the Ohio courts are justiciable, but they are free to look to federal principles in developing state justiciability requirements, including the ripeness requirement. Under the Reagan Tokes Law, O.R.C. 2967.271, which became

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Ohio Supreme Court Addresses the Standards for Appellate Review of Excessive Bail Claims in DuBose v. McGuffey

Unlike the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides, in part, that “excessive bail shall not be required,” Article I, sec, 9, of the Ohio Constitution provides not only that “[e]xcessive bail shall not be required” but also that there is an affirmative or positive (but qualified) right to bail: “A person shall be

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Upcoming OSBA Program on The Importance of the Ohio Constitution.

The Ohio State Bar Association is sponsoring its fourth annual program on The Importance of the Ohio Constitution: Who Decides? Constitutional Rights in Criminal and Civil Cases. The seminar is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, April 4, 2022, at the Ohio State Bar Association, 1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus 43204.   This year’s program

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With Almost 60,000 Words, Ohio Now Has the Ninth Longest State Constitution

According to the most recently issued edition of Book of the States, the number of words in the Ohio Constitution has increased to 59,858, and Ohio now has the ninth longest state constitution in the nation. See General Information on State Constitutions, Book of the States, 2021 (Table 1.3). [General Information on State Constitutions] The

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OCN Is Back

After a period of hiatus, Ohio Constitution News (OCN) is back, and new items will be posted periodically.   Ohio Constitution News is a blog that tracks developments relating to the Ohio Constitution, including Ohio Supreme Court cases, ballot initiatives, state legislation, lectures, and seminars. The blog also reports on new material added to the

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