Lake Erie Bill of Rights

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The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday again ruled against petitioners seeking to put a Lake Erie Bill of Rights on the November ballot in Toledo, marking the second time in as many days that the state’s highest judicial body has opposed the will of at least some local voters.

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A citizen group called Toledoans for Safe Water in August said it had collected enough signatures to send to the ballot a measure to amend the city charter and declare the Lake Erie watershed has rights to “exist and flourish.” That signature drive marked the beginning of a legal battle that culminated Friday when the Supreme Court rejected the final effort by Toledoans for a Safe Water to get the ballot question before voters.

Ohio Community Rights Network – “AGAIN – the Ohio Supreme Court rules against the peoples’ right of initiative to protect Lake Erie – source of drinking water for half a million people in NW Ohio. We must continue to work to change this fixed system of unjust law.”


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