• I visited the home of Andy and Anna Hershberger to deliver the good news that the Medina County Probate Court had at long last formally terminated the guardianship it had created over their now 12-year-old daughter, Sarah. A government hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, sought to establish the guardianship to take Sarah from her Amish parents and seven siblings to force chemotherapy on her, even though all signs indicated that the chemotherapy itself appeared to be killing her, was certain to sterilize her, and would no doubt permanently change her life for the worse, even if she were to survive it. The parents objected, seeking to treat Sarah's mild form of cancer with a less invasive alternative treatment that appeared

  • Columbus, OH -  The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law secured the approval necessary for a coalition of good government advocates to begin the circulation of a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit state legislators to no more than eight years in each House and twelve total years at the Statehouse. The proposal "To Strengthen Ohio Term Limits" cleared the Ohio Ballot Board, after obtaining Attorney General certification ten days earlier. Petitions will now be circulated by a coalition of Ohioans backed by U.S. Term Limits, the organization responsible for first introducing term limits to Ohio through a 1992 constitutional amendment. The proposed amendment will likely appear on the November 2016 ballot, so long as 304,000 valid signatures are submitted by

  • Northeast Ohio Sewer District tax on "impervious surfaces" is without legislative authorization, and is a property tax without the required voter approval Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court its Merit Brief asserting that the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, a Cleveland-Akron area administrative agency, lacks authority to regulate property in response to rainwater, which is not sewage, and even if it has such authority, may not impose a stormwater-related tax without a vote. The Sewer District seeks to levy a tax on "impervious surfaces" on hundreds of thousands of Northeast Ohio residential and business property owners. These surfaces include roofs, patios, driveways, and parking lots, and are taxes levied based upon

  • Legal Center moves to protect property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and licensing regulations in Mt. Healthy, Ohio Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law moved in federal court to immediately enjoin Ohio municipalities, and the City of Mt. Healthy in particular, from enforcing new "Rental Permit Programs" that require small landlords to undergo warrantless inspections, pay permit fees, and obtain a license simply to continue renting their houses to tenants. Such municipal ordinances, such as the Mt. Healthy ordinance which became effective in March, in addition to restricting Ohioans' property rights, subject property owners and tenants to open-ended warrantless searches that violates the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 14, Article I of

  • Toledo's enforcement scheme for enforcing traffic camera infractions violates Ohio Constitution Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law  submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court its brief in Walker v. City of Toledo asserting that the City of Toledo's method of fining drivers under its automated traffic camera violates the judicial article of the Ohio Constitution. Joining the 1851 Center on the Brief are 21 State Representatives and eight State Senators. The 1851 Center’s brief argues Section 4, Article I of the Ohio Constitution requires that Ohioans' rights and liabilities must be determined by elected judges unless the General Assembly has created statutory authority for something less than a judge. This means that the City is required to use