Leveling the Playing Field

Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Amendment: Passed with 66% of the vote in November, 2011. The amendment added a 21st Section to Ohio’s Bill of Rights “to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.”

Dayton Tea Party v. Ohio Municipal League challenged the secret use of public funds to lobby for greater taxes & spending. The Ohio Municipal League and Ohio Township Association’s lobbying records should be made public. Both organizations use taxpayer funds to lobby for higher taxes and increased spending.

Miller v. ACORN resulted in the surrender of ACORN’s business license under RICO. The 1851 Center achieved victory in its state RICO action against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN ceased all Ohio activity and surrendered all of its Ohio business licenses.

Mortgage Modification Bill‘-In March 2009, the 1851 Center submitted written and oral testimony to the Ohio General Assembly on House Bill 3, a bill that would allow Ohio’s trial judges to rewrite the terms of mortgage contracts. The Center’s estimony made it clear that HB 3 was an unconstitutional abridgment of written contracts, and if passed in its then-current form, the 1851 Center would immediately pursue legal action. After the 1851 Center’s testimony and threat of litigation, the Housing Subcommittee removed the provision.

Oleksa v. Murray successfully ended the use of project labor agreements and prevailing wage rates on public school projects. The Ohio School Facilities Commission agreed to adopt Resolution 11-16. The move is expected to save Ohio taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and level the playing field between union and non-union contractors.

Ohio Department of Commerce v. 700 West Broad AGA challenged the imposition of Ohio’s prevailing wage laws. Ohio’s current prevailing wage law is, in part, unconstitutional. The case exposed fundamental flaws in the current prevailing wage law and showed a court that is unwilling to confront the constitutional issues.