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Proposed Bill would Force Out-of-State People to Testify in Campaign Matters

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM

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Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner's bill would make sure non-residents are not shielded from having to testify in Ohio election cases. For Ohio Public Radio, Jo Ingles has more.

A Democratic state senator and the woman who wants to be Ohio’s next Secretary of State, Senator Nina Turner, is pushing a bill that she says is needed to make sure people who live out of state are not shielded from testifying in cases involving election related messages.

“Really this bill will close a loophole that was identified in 2011 by a federal court ruling, when Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner had subpoenaed some records from an outside group, and they took her to court to try to stop that from happening,” Turner said. “And when it eventually got to—eventually district court, Judge George Smith, at the time, he found that the secretary of state and the Ohio Elections Commission could not subpeona people from out of state if it was necessary for an investigation, because they lacked the statutory authority to do so.”

Turner says the hope is to get hearings on the legislation in the Ohio Senate in the near future.

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