Ohio Business Roundtable Announces Its Opposition To State Issue 1
For Immediate Release – September 12, 2018
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, the Ohio Business Roundtable (OBRT), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization comprised of the chief executive officers of many of Ohio’s largest, most successful companies, announced its opposition to State Issue 1, a constitutional amendment to be voted on statewide on November 6. Issue 1 will, among other things, weaken drug penalties by reclassifying the possession of drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, meth, cocaine, LSD and other illicit drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.
The following statement can be attributed to OBRT President and CEO Pat Tiberi:
“For our CEO members, State Issue 1 is a workforce issue. Hip-deep in the throes of a statewide drug epidemic in which employers are often unable to find workers who can pass a drug test, Issue 1 weakens Ohio’s penalties against drug offenders which only invites more dealers, drugs and suffering to our state. As Ohio continues to compete with other states to attract economic development and jobs, Issue 1 would make Ohio’s drug laws among the most permissive of any state in the nation, degrading perception of our workforce, and instantly putting Ohio at a competitive disadvantage in the minds of businesses considering locating here.
“While reducing prison populations is a laudable goal and worthy of further deliberation by the General Assembly, State Issue 1 would immediately undo the many gains Ohio has made in recent years in improving its business climate. The Roundtable is proud to join the bipartisan associations representing Ohio’s judges, prosecutors, sheriffs and chiefs of police in opposing this measure, and we encourage all Ohioans to defeat this immediate threat to Ohio’s prosperity and quality of life for Ohio families and communities.”