Unconstitutional preemptive state law HB463 attempts to make the right to citizen initiative illegal
Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio
October 18, 2017
For the first time since 2013, a group of activists in Youngstown, Ohio, has been told it cannot place an anti-fracking initiative on local ballots, due in part to a misinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry.
On October 6, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that two proposed ballot initiatives — one to outlaw fracking and fracking waste injections and another to regulate political campaign contributions within city limits — would not be up for a vote this November. In previous years, voters weighed in on similar initiatives, which were ultimately defeated.