Voters won’t see statewide ballot issues in November

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 4, 2016

COLUMBUS (AP) — When election time rolls around this November, Ohioans won’t find any statewide issues on their ballots.

Groups working on proposed initiatives say they’re not planning on submitting signatures by Wednesday’s deadline to qualify for this year’s election. But that doesn’t mean those issues are off the docket for good. The signatures can be submitted for another election.

Advocates for the Drug Price Relief Act say they plan to continue picking up signatures to meet a September deadline for the November 2017 election.

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The proposal calls for state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the Department of Veteran Affairs. The measure went before the legislature, which didn’t approve it.

A lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America is challenging the validity of the petitions.