Opponents of Senate Bill 5 have satisfied the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the legislative effort to reform Ohio's public sector collective bargaining system.  Ohio's Secretary of State John Husted (R) certified yesterday that SB 5 opponents gathered 915,456 valid signatures.  A total of 1,298,301 signatures were originally submitted.

The next step of the process is for the Ohio Ballot Board to determine the actual language that will appear on the ballot.  That meeting is expected in August.

As noted in our prior post, the significance of this development for the labor professional relates to the effective date.  State law provides that SB 5 does not go into effect unless voters approve it in the November election.