Looks like y’all would like FAQ post on how a referendum works based on information pulled from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. So, without further adieu, here’s how a bill signed by the Governor can cease to be a law.
Step 1: Jai Chabra find that executive pen with custom Italian craftsmanship that Kasich insists on signing all his economic crushing legislation with. Governor signs the bill and then sends it Secretary State to place his Seal and file. Shannon Jones gets souvenir pen from signing ceremony.
Step 2: Labor, likely, will register a referendum committee with the Secretary of State’s office.
Step 3: The Committee obtains 1,000 signatures of Ohio electors along with the total language of the bill and a summary of the bill to be subjected to the referendum. This gets filed with Husted. A copy of the referendum committee’s bill and summary is also filed with Mike DeWine’s office.
Step 4: Within ten business days of filing, Husted compares the submitted language with the text of the bill on file. If accurate, he certifies the petition. The Ohio Attorney General then decides if the submitted summary accurate reflects the actual language of the bill. Once the AG gives this certification, the committee moves onto…
Step 5: A petition or partial petition which includes the text of bill to be subjected to the referendum is prepared. The referendum committee must get at least 3% of the number of electors in each county who cast votes in the 2010 gubernatorial election in, at least, half the counties of Ohio with a grand total of the equivalent of 6% of the number of electors in the 2010 Governor’s race statewide. Specifically, 231,147 signatures from valid registered Ohio voters.
Step 6: The sufficient petitions must be submitted within ninety days after the bill is signed into law. The Secretary of State then reviews the petition to certify whether sufficient signatures were submitted. If not, the committee gets ten additional days after the Secretary determines the signatures are insufficient to submit enough signatures to cure the deficiency.
Step 7: If the petition is determined to be valid, the law will not become effective unless it receives a majority of the vote in the referendum.
Step 8: In no more than 300 words, the referendum committee drafts an argument advocating for the repeal of the bill. The General Assembly appoints legislators to draft an argument against the referendum.
Step 9: Vote….
That’s it. Now that’s not so hard, is it?