On Thursday, organizers behind the drive to repeal Senate Bill 5 plan to announce their tally of signatures required to get a referendum on the November ballot.
The group, known as We Are Ohio, needs 231,000 valid signatures to challenge the law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees. Early rumors put the actual number of signatures at more than one million.
Meanwhile, Governor John Kasich has been exploring ways to jam the bill through anyway. One such method, leaked last week, has Kasich hacking up the repeal referendum into numerous separate issues, such that voters might throw up their hands in confusion and retire to watch McHale’s Navy reruns instead.
That move was shot down by Secretary of State Jon Husted, who noted that state law does not permit such legislation to be dissected.
Now a pair of Democratic state representatives want proof that Kasich’s scheming is legal, as opposed to merely stupid. They’ve requested all correspondence between the governor, his staff, and the state Ballot Board relating to SB5 and the repeal campaign.
“We don’t know what to think,” says East Side Rep Kenny Yuko. “[Kasich] hasn’t been too transparent about his thought process. We need to be sure that we hold the governor and his staff accountable.” And if not accountable, Yuko might settle for comprehensible.
“I’m kind of focused on some other things right now,” the governor responded last week when asked about SB5 by The Columbus Dispatch. “I am not in the middle of that right now and I don’t know what the details, I haven’t read the story. I will leave it for some of my weekend reading.”