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Drug Pricing And Victims' Rights Proposals May Appear On Ohio Ballot In November

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio

In this fall's special election, prescription drug prices and the rights afforded to the victim of a crime are the subjects of two statewide ballot issues that will likely reach Ohio voters. 

All measures had until Wednesday to submit enough valid signatures to make the November 7 ballot.

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act qualified for November's ballot, reaching more than 180,000 signatures. It's a citizen-initiated statute that would bar state agencies from buying drugs at prices higher than what's paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which receives deep discounts.

Signatures for a second proposed Constitutional amendment, nicknamed Marsy's Law, are being reviewed. It would give victims of a crime, and their families, the same rights as an accused or convicted criminal, including the right to be heard at a plea or sentencing proceeding.

A third measure to overhaul the state's Congressional map-making process will have to wait for 2018. After the proposal's language encountered some hurldes, the signatures for this petition have not yet been submitted.