Ohio AG Certifies Petition To Raise Minimum Wage

The petitioners still have some signatures to collect to move the proposal forward.

(Columbus, Oh.) – Ohio’s minimum wage could be on the rise.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office certified a summary of a petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would increase the state minimum wage.

The petition certified on Monday contained the necessary 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters and a “fair and truthful” summary of the proposed amendment, according to a news release from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office.

"Without passing on the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure … I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment," Attorney General Dave Yost said in the letter certifying the petition.

Once the summary language is certified by the attorney general's office and the initial signatures are verified by the county boards of elections, the Ohio Ballot Board must determine if the amendment contains a single issue or multiple issues. The petitioners must then collect signatures for each issue from registered voters in each of 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, equal to 5% of the total vote cast in the county for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election. Total signatures collected statewide must also equal 10% of the total vote cast for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election.

If the proposal is passed into law, Ohio’s minimum wage would increase to $9.60 an hour on January 1, 2021. The minimum wage would increase by 85 cents for four years until the minimum wage reaches $13 an hour in 2025.

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