Both amendments were submitted to the State of Ohio on November 16, 2017. Read the full text below. Both Ohio Community Rights Amendments have been certified by the Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Ballot Board



The Community Rights Amendment

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Ohio


In the Constitution of the State of Ohio, add section 22 to Article I as follows:


Section 22. Right to Local Community Self-Government


(1) All political power is inherent in the people, all government of right originates from the people, and the people have the right to alter, reform, or abolish their governmental system whenever they deem it necessary to protect their liberty and well-being; therefore, the people of Ohio possess an inherent and inalienable right of local community self-government in each county, city, township, and village. 


(2) That right shall include thepower of the people, and the power of their governments, to enact and enforce local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or elminate competing rights, powers, privleges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. 


(3) Local laws adopted pursuant to subsection (2) of this article shall not be subject to preemption or nullification by international law, federal law, or state law, provided that: 


(a) such local laws do not restrict fundamental rights of natural persons, their local communities, or nature secured by local, state, or federal constitutions, or by international law; and 


(b) such local laws do not weaken protections for natural personas, their local communities, or nature provided by state, federal, or international law. 


(4) All provisions of this section are self-executing and severable. 




The Initiative and Referendum Amendment

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Ohio


In the Constitution of the State of Ohio, add section 23 to Article I as follows: 


Section 23. Right of Initiative and Referendum for People in Counties and Townships. 


The People have the right of initiative and referendum, and initiative and referendum powers are hereby reserved to the people of each county and township, with such powers to be exercised in the manner now or hereafter provided by law. 

Instituting Statewide Change for the People

The Community Rights Amendment includes the rights of natural persons, such as the rights to health, safety, and welfare, democratic rights, such as the right of local community self-government, and rights of nature, such as the right of ecosystems to flourish and evolve.

Two separate amendments were initiated in accordance with Ohio's Single Subject Rule