10/12/18 – 5:28 A.M.
The Hancock County Commissioners passed a resolution to oppose Issue 1 during their Thursday meeting. The issue is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that aims to reform drug sentencing laws. The commissioners met with Findlay Municipal Court and Hancock Common Pleas Court judges last week. The judges voiced concerns about the local impact that approval of the ballot issue would have on the drug court as well as city and county finances.
The Issue reduces fourth and fifth-degree drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. The judges have called this an oversimplification of a complex issue that does not need to be a constitutional amendment. The issue faces widespread opposition and will be in front of Ohio voters on November 6.