By Marc Kovac
Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a group’s initial attempt to place a constitutional amendment before voters allowing prayer in school.
In a letter released Thursday, DeWine told the Coalition to Return Prayer to Our Public Schools that its initiative petition did not meet all state requirements — namely that the amendment language and summary and the circulator’s signature were not included on initial petitions.
A Columbus pastor and other coalition members had hoped to ask voters to agree to add language to the state Constitution stating, “The right of Ohio citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed. ... School children have the right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools.”
It also would require schools to display the Bill of Rights.
The group can correct the deficiencies and resubmit the issue for further consideration.
If OK’d by the attorney general and state ballot board, the group would have to gather more than 380,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters in order to quality for the general-election ballot.