C|M|LAW’s Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass has been appointed Senior Policy Advisor to the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. The Commission is charged with reviewing the Ohio Constitution and, by a two-thirds vote, recommending proposed constitutional amendments to the Ohio General Assembly (which may submit them to the voters for ultimate approval). Modeled after a successful Commission that operated in the 1970s, the bi-partisan Commission has 12 legislative and 20 public members.
Dean Steinglass, who had been assisting the Commission in its initial organizational and educational activities, is now working on a part-time basis with the Commission’s six subject-matter committees as they begin their study of the state constitution. Noting that Ohio’s current constitution, which was adopted in 1851, is the sixth oldest in the country and the second oldest outside New England, Dean Steinglass points out that Ohio has not had a constitutional convention since 1912, Nonetheless, Ohio has had significant piecemeal constitutional revision, having adopted 120 amendments since 1912.
Additional information about the Commission be found at the Commission website:
And a website with additional information on the Ohio Constitution can be found on the CSU server at Ohio Constitution–Law and History: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/lawlibrary/ohioconstitution