COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof last week appointed State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) to serve on the Ohio Ballot Board, which is comprised of five members, including Ohio's Secretary of State.
 
“It is a privilege to be chosen to serve on the Ohio Ballot Board," said Senator Hottinger. "I look forward to working with Secretary Husted and the rest of the Board to ensure that the issues put before Ohio's voters are easy to understand and consistent with the rules laid out in Ohio law."

Ohio’s Ballot Board has existed since 1974 when voters approved its creation in the Ohio Constitution. One of its main responsibilities is to draft ballot language for proposed amendments to the Constitution using simplified language so that voters understand why they are being asked to amend the Constitution.  
 
Ohio’s Constitution permits both Ohio voters and the General Assembly with the ability to propose amendments to the Constitution. Any amendment that is proposed must ultimately be approved by Ohio’s voters. Ohio is one of 26 states that affords this right in its Constitution. 
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Senate Passes Legislation Naming A State Highway In Honor Of Fallen Officer

 

"This legislation seeks to honor the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of Officer Cottrell who devoted his life to serving the people of this nation," said Hottinger. "I hope this small act goes a long way in showing our gratitude for his service and is a reminder to those who knew and loved him that his memory will live on."



 
 

Hottinger Seeks To Reform Ohio's Opiate Prescribing Guidelines

 

"Immediate action must be taken in order to preserve the many lives that are on this destructive path," said Senator Hottinger. "Working together, making the necessary changes to the prescribing guidelines, I believe we can make a difference for the many suffering with an opioid addiction." 



 
 

Creating A More Transparent And Accessible State Government

 

I remain committed to increasing the public’s confidence in elected officials to act transparently and justly and I will continue support efforts to keep our government accountable to you and all Ohioans.



 
 

Funding Approved For Second Phase Of Buckeye Lake Dam Construction

 

“For residents, business owners and those who travel to Buckeye Lake, today is another milestone day that will have a positive impact on the community for generations," said Senator Hottinger.