The fourth version of a clean-energy ballot issue was approved yesterday by Attorney General Mike DeWine.
DeWine certified the petition language for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution. Three previous versions were submitted, beginning in 2012. Another summary was rejected by DeWine in May.
The group Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future submitted a petition on June 26 that included 1,784 signatures of registered Ohio voters and what DeWine judged to be a “fair and truthful” amendment summary.
Similar to past proposals, the issue language approved yesterday calls for the state to issue $13 billion in bonds over 10 years for renewable energy, including biomass, geothermal, solar and battery technology. An Ohio commission incorporated in the state of Delaware would control the money with limited influence from the state government and General Assembly.
The backers are five people from central Ohio. The group must collect 385,253 signatures of registered Ohioans to get on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.
The Ohio Ballot Board now will determine whether the amendment should be presented as a single issue or multiple issues.
The full text of the proposal is at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/ballotinitiatives.
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