Open Letter to the Citizens of Ohio

Dear Fellow Ohioans,

As we go about our lives, we are affected every day by the laws of this state. Although the vast majority of Ohioans know that the Ohio Constitution is our state's highest-governing document, a smaller number of people have actually read its wording. It covers everything from education and local government to gambling and finances - and in many cases, it does so with very specific language.

In a state as diverse and ever-changing as Ohio, how do we ensure that the Ohio Constitution continues to accurately reflect the people of our great state?

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC) was created with the goal of making needed improvements to our state constitution. The commission is comprised of both lawmakers and public members including educators, business leaders, local government officials and others. Our job is to take an in-depth look at the Ohio Constitution through a modern-day framework, starting a conversation on the problems associated with it and forming suggestions of desired changes.

Ultimately, our recommendations will go to the Ohio General Assembly, which can then place issues on the ballot for the people of Ohio to vote for or against. This makes public input an essential part of ensuring that the commission's recommendations will be reflective of people like you. Not only can you cast your ballot when it is all said and done; you can have a say as the process moves along-whether through general correspondence with the commission or attending one of the many public hearings that we plan to have.

In the coming months and years, you will be hearing much more from OCMC and its members because we want to make sure you stay as informed on our progress as possible. In fact, full OCMC meetings will be video recorded and archived online. You can also find regular updates at ocmc.ohio.gov.

The constitutional changes that might be enacted through the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission could have a very significant impact on the future of this state. Our hope is that you will join us in this very careful and deliberative process-one that we carry out because of our shared interest in seeing Ohio prosper.


Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Minority Leader
15th Ohio Senate District
OCMC Co-Chair



The next meetings of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015.