• 1851 Center responds to unearthed Ohio Education Association "Agenda." Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law issued the following response to news that Ohio's largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association, has named it to its "enemies" list: The 1851 Center learned that OEA invests its time in identifying its enemies, and that deliberating on how to "deal" with them. The Agenda for the OEA 2014 Collective Bargaining Conference outlines its "Critical Issues Sessions." What the OEA "considers critical" is identifying and destroying its "enemies." Session H of the OEA's annual meeting was entitled "Exposing Our Enemies: Anti-Union and Anti-Public Education Forces." There, the OEA explains, "Participants will learn the scope and main goals of key local and

  • Legal center advises Ohio legislators that mandating health treatments and benefits violates Ohio's Health Care Freedom Amendment Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized to Ohio's state senators and representatives that the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment, added to Ohio's Bill of Rights in late 2011, prohibits the state from mandating that Ohioans health insurance purchases include new previously-un-mandated benefits and services. The 1851 Center is the public interest law firm that drafted the Amendment and represents its advocates and sponsors. The 1851 Center legal memorandum ("A Policymaker's Guide to Following the Health Care Freedom Amendment") comes in response to recent news of the Kasich Administration's purported executive action attempting to mandate that all Ohioans purchase

  • Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver Columbus, OH – A federal court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s regulatory scheme governing those purchasing gold, silver, and other precious metals – the Precious Metals Dealers Act- violates the First Amendment. The ruling, made by Judge Watson of the Columbus division of the Southern District of Ohio, paves the way for Ohio businesses, most prominently coin dealers, to resume purchases of items containing gold and silver content, and in particular, to resume advertising their interest in purchasing inventory consisting of precious metals, free from concern over confiscatory prosecution, fines and regulations. The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law took up the coin dealers’ case

  • 1851 Center asks Ohio Supreme Court to review Ohio Political Action Committee regulations on behalf of Geauga County Blogger Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today applied to the Supreme Court of Ohio for jurisdiction over a case challenging the nation’s strictest Political Action Committee regulations. The legal action is filed on behalf of Edmund Corsi, a Cleveland-area blogger who faces prosecution after blogging about state and local political issues, authoring a pamphlet critical of local politicians, and hosting an informal political discussion group. The state contends that Ohio’s PAC laws required Mr. Corsi to first register with the state and hire a treasurer, and then disclose his home address on his pamphlet and blog, and that

  • 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