About

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission was established in R.C. 103.61 with the passage of the House Bill 188. The Commission is modeled after the 1970s Ohio Constitutional Revision Commission, whose published recommendations may be accessed at http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/ocrc/.

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is charged under R.C. 103.61 with:

  • Studying the Constitution of Ohio;
  • Promoting an exchange of experiences and suggestions respecting desired changes in the Constitution;
  • Considering the problems pertaining to the amendment of the Constitution; and
  • Making recommendations from time to time to the general assembly for the amendment of the Constitution.

A commission recommendation is void unless it receives a two-thirds vote of the membership of the commission. In the event of a call for a constitutional convention, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission shall report to the general assembly its recommendations with respect to the organization of a convention, and report to the convention its recommendations with respect to amendment of the Constitution.

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission shall make its first report to the general assembly not later than January 1, 2013. Thereafter, it shall report at least every two years until its work is completed. The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission shall complete its work on or before July 1, 2021, and shall cease to exist at that time. The terms of all members shall expire July 1, 2021.

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission meets on the second Thursday of every other month. If you would like to receive notices of future meetings, please join the OCMC mailing list here.