Ohio Issues 1 & 2 Confused Yet? Empower U to the Rescue!
Most of us are confused from all the conflicting advertising we have seen on these issues. Empower U will be hosting a presentation to help get through the maze. We will have experts explain their reasons for supporting or opposing. We have assembled a very distinguished panel who are well informed and will share their knowledge with us.
Issue 1 – Victim Rights Initiative also known as Marsy’s Law – A law to enhance victims’ rights:
Marsy’s Law for Ohio amends Ohio’s state constitution to grant victims of crime equal rights to those of the accused. The amendment updates the 1994 victims rights constitutional amendment by giving crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law if they feel have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.
Pro – Chris Albanese of “Vote Yes on Marsy’s Law” will explain why this law is necessary as victims have shared how their needs have not been met by the current laws.
Con – Barry W. Wilford of Kura, Wilford & Schregardus Co, LPA will take the opposing view on this and explain the reasons.
Is this law a good thing at the expense of victims of serious crimes? Does it favor the victim and not allow an even playing field for the defendant?
Issue 2 – Drug Price Ballot Issue:
Issue 2 would require that the state, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — which currently negotiates drug prices 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies.
A “yes” vote supports this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for them.
Pro – David P. Little, Public Affairs Consultant and active in Media Relations, Speechwriting, Research, Management and Strategic Communications will explain how this initiative will save taxpayers about $400 million a year if the state pays VA prices.
a “no” vote opposes this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the VA pays for them.
Con – Greg Lawson, Research Fellow the Buckeye Institute, will explain how this initiative will actually raise drug prices for the majority of Ohioans.