Ohio preparing for constitutional convention vote

COLUMBUS (AP) — The speaker of the Ohio House wants to create a commission that would review the Ohio Constitution before voters get their next chance to decide whether to call a constitutional convention.

The convention question is put to voters every 20 years. The next time is in 2012. Voters last called a convention in 1910.

Republican Speaker William Batchelder outlined a proposal for fellow lawmakers today to create a 32-member Constitutional Modernization Commission to recommend possible constitutional amendments ahead of the 2012 vote.

A similar commission was established in 1972. It produced a 558-page report five years later.

Republicans and Democrats in both legislative chambers would select three members each of the new commission. Those 12 appointees would pick the remaining 20 members of the panel by majority vote.

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