Response to HB463

Why are bills such as HB463 used as catch-all’s for many types of legislation?  There is a constitutional issue that might apply, described in this Wikipedia article:

The single-subject rule is a rule in the constitutional law of some jurisdictions that stipulates that some or all types of legislation may deal with only one main issue. One purpose is to avoid complexity in laws, to avoid any hidden that legislators or voters may miss when reading the proposed law. Another is to prevent legislators attaching an unpopular provision (“rider”) to an unrelated popular one, whether in the hope of sneaking the unpopular one through, or in the hope of causing the popular one to be rejected (a type of wrecking amendment).

Apparently a single-subject rule would hinder the work of our state legislators.  Ironically, initiatives in Ohio must conform to the single subject rule.  We the people are constrained but not our legislators.

The right to initiative and referendum was obtained in 1912 by a vote of 57.5% during a state constitutional convention.  This was the culmination of the work of Rev. Herbert S. Bigelow of Cincinnati’s Vine Street Congregational Church.  He worked from the late 1890’s to educate people about the need to include a voice for the people in Ohio’s laws.

The right for people of a county to initiate a petition to become a charter county was given in 1933.  The Ohio Constitution states:

Article X, Section 3:  The people of any county may frame and adopt or amend a charter as provided in this article but the right of the initiative and referendum is reserved to the people of each county on all matters which such county may now or hereafter be authorized to control by legislative action.

Our BOE has obeyed HB463’s directives in opposition to the will of the people to remove themselves from total control by the State.  According to the Ohio Constitution, the will of the people must remain supreme:

Article I Section 2: All political power is inherent in the people.  Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform, or abolish the same, whenever they may deem it necessary.

HB463 should not be allowed to stop a vote of the people.