Ohio Ballot Board

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 7th:

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Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle. 

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One of the groups that wants to put a medical marijuana plan on the Ohio ballot is one step closer to that goal now. 

The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has been given the go ahead by the state Ballot Board to begin collecting signatures from Ohio voters. The amendment would allow patients to grow their own medical pot or buy it from retail outlets.

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A group that recently announced it would go to the ballot with a package of ethics reforms for lawmakers – including a pay cut – is now going to court. 

The group Ethics First – You Decide Ohio wants a single ballot issue composed of six proposals on pay and rules for state lawmakers.

Secretary of State Jon Husted noted the group wasn’t at the Ballot Board meeting where the package was split into three proposals.

UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: The sponsors of the plan to reduce pay for legislators have filed a challenge with the Ohio Supreme Court over the decision to divide the proposal into multiple issues on the ballot..  

Ohio lawmakers could see a pay cut in their future if a group pushing a proposed constitutional amendment gets its way. 

Jack Boyle is with a group circulating petitions to put before Ohio voters a package that he says would do four simple things, starting with tying legislator pay with median Ohio household income.