Columbus – State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) was unanimously elected to serve as the new Co-Chair for the Constitutional Modernization Commission (CMC) at the meeting held on Wednesday, January 22. Senator Tavares previously served on the commission as a regular legislative member but replaced State Representative Vernon Sykes (D- Akron) as one of the chairs when the rules were changed to mandate that each of the co-chairs be from opposite political parties as well as separate legislative chambers. The change will allow the Commission to operate in an increased bi-cameral manner.  
“I am proud to represent the members of the Ohio Senate and more importantly the residents of Ohio as the co-chair of CMC," stated Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader. "I will work with my colleagues on the CMC to review and make recommendations for revision of Ohio’s constitution- the document that sets the framework for the rights and responsibilities authorized in our state."
The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission was established in R.C. 103.61 with the passage of the House Bill 188. The Commission is modeled after the 1970s Ohio Constitutional Revision Commission and is composed of 32 members - twelve legislative members and 20 public members. The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is charged with the following:
  • Studying the Constitution of Ohio;
  • Promoting an exchange of experiences and suggestions respecting desired changes in the Constitution;
  • Considering the problems pertaining to the amendment of the Constitution; and
  • Making recommendations from time to time to the general assembly for the amendment of the Constitution.
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