Voters Reject Issue 2, approve Issue 1

posted by Scott Jennings -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Tuesday's election in Ohio saw voters approving an expansion of victim's rights, but rejecting a proposal that dealt with prescription drug prices.

Millions of dollars poured into the effort on both sides regarding Issue 2, which would make the state pay the same amount for prescription drugs as the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was defeated, with nearly 80-percent of the vote against it. Critics argued that it would not save Ohio taxpayers money, and if the drug companies filed a lawsuit, the state would be on the hook for the cost of the litigation.

Issue 1, however, received overwhelming support. It gives the victims of violent crimes more rights, like more say in sentencing for suspects, and notifications for the release of the suspects from prison.

Locally, all three incumbent candidates for Columbus City Council won re-election: Shannon Hardin, Prescilla Tyson, and Mitchell Brown, and the same was true for three members of the Columbus City School Board of education. 

Voters across Franklin County also approved issue 4, a 3.5-mill renewal levy for the county's Board of Developmental Disabilities. Levies for Upper Arlington and New Albany schools also received voter approval.

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