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Register hosts Issue 2 debate Wednesday at Sandusky State Theatre

Tom Jackson • Nov 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

The hottest topic on the ballot this year is State Issue 2, the statewide referendum on whether to curb collective bargaining powers for public employee unions.

The Register hopes to answer your questions on it at a forum Wednesday evening.

Senate Bill 5, backed by Gov. John Kasich and many Republicans, would still allow public employees to bargain for wages but would limit other issues that could be put on the table. For example, bargaining on health benefits would be off limits.

A “Yes” vote on the issue would keep the law in place.

A “No” vote, backed by unions and many  Democrats, would wipe the law off the books.

At Wednesday’s forum, the groups campaigning for a “Yes” vote, such as Building a Better Ohio, will be represented by state Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk, and former state Rep. Seth Morgan. Boose, serving his second term, represents the 58th district. Morgan ran for state auditor last year.

Arguing for a “No” vote will be state Rep. Dennis Murray Jr., D-Sandusky, and Dale Butland, spokesman for Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank in Columbus. Murray represents the 80th District, Erie County and most of Ottawa County, and is in his second term. Butland is a prominent Democratic pundit and speechwriter. The two sides will go head to head this week as voters prepare for the Nov. 8 election.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave.

DURATION: At least one hour

WATCH: The forum will also be broadcast live at sanduskyregister.com.

Have a question? Please post potential questions for the forum below.

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