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Ohio AgriBusiness Association endorses 'yes' vote on Issue 1

To the editor:

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) supports Ohio Issue 1, an important initiative meant to elevate the standards by which the Constitution of the State of Ohio may be amended. 

“The need for a stable and predictable business environment in our state is vital,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of OABA. “The purpose of this ballot measure is not limited to a specific issue, but it does increase the participation of citizens from all regions in the state when determining constitutional amendments that would affect every Ohioan. As advocates for a sustainable business climate, OABA backs Issue 1 because it is an initiative that will strengthen the integrity and efficacy of Ohio’s constitutional amendment process and guarantees that changes made to our state constitution are done so openly and fairly. Ultimately making Ohio a better place to live, work and run a business.” 

Changes are often proposed through ballot initiatives regarding how agriculture is done. However, we in agriculture, are always learning and using new and improved techniques. When changes are mandated by a constitutional amendment, it restricts the industry's ability to quickly adjust and adapt without having to change the constitution again.

In the recent past, radical special interest groups have attempted to promote anti-agricultural measures that make domestic food production more challenging, which incentivizes imports from foreign countries. Approving Issue 1 would mean Ohio would take a more deliberate approach to amending the state's constitution, thereby safeguarding agriculture in our state and ensuring the long-term viability of Ohio’s No. 1 industry.

Ohio AgriBusiness Association


David A. Mayer (not verified)

3 August 2023

One county does not participate holding about 87 counties hostage. Most ballot initiatives, about 160 since 1913 were placed by the legislature. 56% passed. About 71 were voter initiatives. 19% passed. Basically the ballot measures do not work. More control to the dominant party. HB6 pointed out the need for ethics and election reform. And yet nothing has been proposed. why not? Outside funding from other states both for and against issue 1 represents the excessive influence from non Ohio voters. A Yes vote limits your power. A Yes vote is catering to fear and lies. Vote no. Keep the status quo since 1913.

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