Statement from OSBA President Robin Weaver: Ohio State Bar Association Opposes State Issue 1

CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski
(614) 487-4425​​

COLUMBUS (September 13, 2018) — At the Ohio Judicial Conference’s annual meeting today, OSBA President Robin Weaver announced that the OSBA stands together with Ohio judges and the growing list of organizations, which are opposing State Issue 1. Regarding the OSBA’s position, all of the following may be attributed to President Weaver:

“We firmly believe that treatment and rehabilitation are the right strategies for curbing Ohio’s opiate crisis and have seen them working in drug courts around the state. However, when you categorically strip our judges of their discretion and take away an important tool — the threat of prison time — you significantly lower the chances that they will get sober, enroll in and complete a drug treatment program.

“Make no mistake, by removing accountability for defendants and shifting the cost burden to local governments, this proposal will set Ohio back, and because it would be written into the Ohio Constitution, it will take years and significant resources to fix.

“We understand and share the sense of urgency of Issue 1 proponents, but our time would be better spent working together through the legislative process to expand and promote the use of drug courts and treatment in lieu of conviction. We urge all Ohioans to vote NO on State Issue 1.”

About the Ohio State Bar Association
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.