Ohio Supreme Court upholds Bowling Green ballot initiative amending city charter

BOWLING GREEN — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a decision by the Wood County Board of Elections to let voters decide Nov. 7 if they want to amend the Bowling Green city charter to prevent more pipeline construction.

Wood County Board of Elections Director Terry Burton told The Blade he intends to keep the “Community Rights to a Healthy Environment and Livable Climate” proposal on the ballot as a result of the ruling, but wanted to speak first with County Prosecutor Paul Dobson before elaborating.

Terry Lodge, a Toledo attorney representing citizens who gathered signatures for the ballot initiative, called the decision “a big win.” He said what appears to be a 4-3 vote in favor of upholding the board’s decision could actually be construed as unanimous because the dissent was focused on the eligibility of five signatures, not the constitutionality of the issue itself. Those two issues were handled separately.

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