COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - On Monday, the Ohio Attorney General's Office certified the petition for the "Fresh Start Act," a proposed initiated statute.
The "Fresh Start Act" proposes the review and expungement of criminal records for people with past marijuana convictions if the crime is no longer illegal after the amendment passes.
On June 24, the Attorney General's Office received a written petition for an initiated statute from the group ResponsibleOhio. On Monday, the submission was certified as containing both the necessary 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters and a "fair and truthful" summary of the proposed law.
"Without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred […] I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law," Ohio Attorney Mike General DeWine stated in his certification letter.
Once the summary language and initial signatures are certified, the Ohio Ballot Board must determine if the proposal contains a single law or multiple laws. The petitioners must then collect signatures for each proposed law from registered voters in each of 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, equal to 1.5 percent of the total vote cast in the county for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election. Total signatures collected statewide must also equal 3 percent of the total vote cast for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election.