Thursday, November 03, 2011

Vote No on Ohio Issue 1, 2011

Hear Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis on their new radio show "Principles and Policies" talk about Issue 1 at the links below:

part 1: http://www.principledpolicy.com/?p=982
part 2: http://www.principledpolicy.com/?p=984

I don't think that there should be any age limits for judges at all.  But while I disagree with Barry and Chuck about raising the age limits, I am glad that they called to my attention that this is not the only issue addressed by Issue 1.  Issue 1 would repeal an 1851 provision which allowed the General Assembly to create courts of conciliation and an 1867 provision allowing a Supreme Court Commission to be created to deal with backlogs.  Courts of conciliation were designed in part to help stop divorces.  Please read the article at the following URL before voting on this issue:

http://www.divorcereform.info/index.php/Failure-of-Current-Divorce-Laws/Marriage-Saving-in-Court-Ohio-s-Conciliation-of-Marital-Controversies.html

Here is the ballot language:

1  PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 
TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM AGE AT WHICH A PERSON MAY BE ELECTED OR APPOINTED JUDGE, TO ELIMINATE THE AUTHORITY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ESTABLISH COURTS OF CONCILIATION, AND TO ELIMINATE THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT A SUPREME COURT COMMISSION PROPOSED BY JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO AMEND SECTION 6 OF ARTICLE IV AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 19 AND 22 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO 


A majority yes vote is required for the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22 to pass. 
This proposed amendment would: 
1.  Increase the maximum age for assuming elected or appointed judicial office from seventy to seventy-five. 
2.  Eliminate the General Assembly’s authority to establish courts of conciliation. 
3.  Eliminate the Governor’s authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission. 
If approved, the amendment shall take effect immediately. 
A “YES” vote means approval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22. 
A “NO” vote means disapproval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22. 

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