COLUMBUS – State Rep. Anita Somani (D-Dublin) denounces Wednesday’s passage of SJR 2 by the Ohio House of Representatives. House Democrats stood with the people and unanimously voted against the undemocratic, unfair, and unpopular resolution that will shred Ohio’s Constitution.
“Wednesday’s House Session was a blatant violation of our constitutional rights,” said Rep. Somani. “The extremist Republicans and outside interested groups will stop at nothing to restrict a woman’s right to choose. The voices of Ohioans will not be silenced. We will vote “no” in August and “yes” in November.”
The constitutional restriction would destroy more than 111 years of direct democracy that Ohioans have used to achieve their goals when unresponsive politicians would not listen. If passed, Ohioans would lose their freedom to determine the future of the state as 40% of voters could block initiatives the majority of Ohioans want. The resolution’s supermajority vote requirement for future constitutional amendments would tilt the scales of democracy away from voters and toward well-funded, out-of-state, dark-monied special interests.