• Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today registered its approval, on behalf of conservative and libertarian leaders throughout Ohio, of the Kasich Administration's agreement to refuse to implement a "state-run" Obamacare exchange. The Administration's agreement is significant for several reasons: The agreement averts litigation that would have pitted Section 21, Article I of the Ohio Constitution, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, and grassroots backers of the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment against the administration (Division (A) of the Health Care Freedom Amendment prohibits the "employer mandate" that a state exchange would have attempted to impose). The agreement means that Ohio will not impose the "employer mandate," a penalty of up to $3,000 per employee that must

  • Students supporting “right to work” amendment cannot be arrested for discussing amendment and gathering signatures on campus Cincinnati, OH – A federal court today permanently enjoined the University of Cincinnati’s blanket prohibition on student political speech on campus as a violation the First Amendment. The ruling, made by Judge Black of the Cincinnati division of the Southern District of Ohio, paves the way for a likely overhaul of many campus speech policies throughout the state and nation. The ruling also permits members of the student group Young Americans for Liberty (“YAL”) to advocate and collect signatures for the Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment on campus. The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which also drafted the Workplace Freedom Amendment, took up the

  • To hold their elected officials accountable, a conglomerate of conservative, libertarian, and tea-party groups representing Ohio taxpayers have recently devised two pledges for state legislative candidates. These pledges are directed toward educating Ohio voters as to who can be counted on to limit onerous taxation and regulation. Specifically, the taxpayers call upon legislative candidates to pledge that they (1) will not vote in a manner inconsistent with health care freedom; and (2) will note vote to impose a severance tax on fledgling oil and gas production in Ohio. As citizens began to ask candidates to sign this pledge, something interesting - - beyond a policy debate - - happened: some Republican candidates began to balk at the idea of a

  • Cleveland, OH - A federal court enjoined the City of Shaker Heights from further harassment of Shaker Heights residents city officials silenced through threat of a frivolous trademark lawsuit. The threat had come in retaliation for the citizens' opposition to the City of Shaker Heights' attempt to increase income taxes on residents through an August 7 vote. The Northern District of Ohio Judge Christopher Boyko ordered that the City "shall take no action which interferes in any way with Plaintiffs' use of the Shaker Heights Taxpayers Union Logo. . . This Order comes in response to legal action filed on behalf of the Shaker Heights Taxpayers Union ("SHTU"). This legal action included a demand for an immediate injunction prohibiting city

  • Friends, You, like me, were no doubt inundated with punditry on the fallout of the Obamacare ruling last Thursday and Friday. We didn't follow suit. I did not found the 1851 Center to gab. We exist to advance liberty and limit government, whether we're taking the lead, or simply supporting you. Of course, we're not enamored with the Chief Justice's placement of his image, or "the institute of the Court," above adherence to applicable law. And we do think there's a lesson for you in that by squandering the opportunity to place a constitutionalist on the Court, George W. Bush handed over the matches that Barack Obama is using to burn down your rights. Meanwhile, we're not enamored with the