Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

The Columbus city attorney and an Ohio election law expert both said the city has no further legal recourse to prevent a ballot initiative that would redirect $87 million in city taxpayers’ money to a private effort for vague and much-criticized “green energy” programs.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision means the city has only two choices: Adopt an ordinance for ProEnergy Ohio LLC’s initiative, which is being propelled by a Columbus resident who has been indicted on felony charges of filing false campaign finance reports, or put the initiative on the ballot.

Because the court’s decision involves state law, it can’t be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he said.

Steven Huefner, deputy director of election law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, agreed with Klein that going to the U.S. Supreme Court is not an option.