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A closer look at the Ohio Constitution

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Meisam (Robot) Fathi Salmi

Republican lawmakers at the Statehouse want to make it harder to change the constitution before a November vote on abortion rights. To do that, they themselves must change the constitution.

On this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses efforts to amend our constitution. Former State Representative Mike Curtin joins the show.

Changing the rules

A group of supporters of abortion rights is collecting signatures to get an amendment on the November ballot that would guarantee abortion rights in the Ohio constitution.

In an effort to make that more difficult, Republican lawmakers want to change the constitution before the November election. The proposal would increase the requirements for signatures and require an amendment get at least 60% of the vote to get approved. Right now, it takes a simple majority.

Advocates of the 60% threshold say the higher bar would protect the constitution from special interests.

Snollygoster of the week

Congressman Jim Jordan told Fox News that he is looking to defund federal law enforcement over their investigations into Donald Trump. That's right, Jim Jordan wants to defund the police!

This is very different from his party’s stance, and his own stance, against defunding local and state law enforcement.

In addition to the New York indictment, Trump faces possible charges in Georgia for election tampering as well as possible federal charges related to the January 6 insurrection and his removal and reluctance to return classified documents.

If you have a suggestion for our "Snollygoster of the Week" award, a question or a comment, send them to snollygoster@wosu.org.