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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Northwest Ohions Head to the Poll
Tuesday Nov 07, 2017 6:09am
Bryan, OH

By: Sheila McCrea

Ohio voters were deciding ballot issues on Tuesday that would place limits on drug prices and expand victims’ rights in criminal proceedings, along with several races.

One issue being considered by Ohioans is Marsy’s Law for Ohio, or Issue 1, aims to expand crime victims’ rights to more closely match those of the accused. The proposed constitutional amendment assures that victims and their families receive notice of court proceedings, have input on plea deals and other rights.

Similar measures have seen pushback in some states where they’ve passed. Opponents cite unintended consequences, such as law enforcers halting the release of vehicle crash reports for fear it would be unconstitutional.

Reported spending on Issue 2, the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, already has topped $65 million, making it the most expensive ballot campaign in Ohio history.

The proposal seeks to curb prescription drug prices paid by the state for prisoners, injured workers and poor people.

An opposition campaign funded by the pharmaceutical industry says it would reduce access to medicines and raise prices for veterans and others.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio.

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