The text that will appear on the ballot: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/ballotboard/2009/2-final_language.pdf Below are some links to information about Ohio Issue 2. In a time of high unemployment, budget deficits, and government waste we should to ask ourselves if we really need to spend more money for the interests of another lobby or interest group. This boards sole purpose appears to be to protect one government agency from another. What a waste! The scary part is that, if passed, the constitutionally created board will be the decision makers on animal welfare and will be insulated by the Constitution to pass whatever laws they deem necessary. That's right, we give up a right and they have no accountability to us. There are ramifications to this and we should beware of handing yet more of our freedom over to the government. I may be wrong, but I believe that the Ohio Farm Bureau is wrong to support this. Read for yourself. --- From the Humane Society of the United States: http://www.organization.org/legislation_laws/ballot_initiatives/ohio_issue_2.html Because its designed to favor large factory farms, not family farmers, Issue 2 is opposed by the Ohio Farmers Union, the Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance, League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio League of Humane Voters, and the Ohio Sierra Club. The editorial boards of Ohios major newspapersincluding the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, and Dayton Daily Newsall oppose this effort to enshrine the agribusiness lobbys favored oversight system in the states constitution. Issue 2 is a classic example of bad public policy-making and should be rejected by voters. --- From the Animal Blawg http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/ohio%E2%80%99s-issue-2/ Issue 2 is a voter referendum to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. This would add a provision to the state Constitution, establishing a board, which would set standards for the care and well-being of livestock statewide. --- Please pass this on to your friends. Added on 10/21/09: http://lawdork.net/2009/10/14/ohios-issue-2-subverting-democracy-with-democracy/ "... The whole thing is a picture-perfect example of subverting the Democratic process under the guise of democracy. The ballot language sounds like it mightnt be that bad, informing voters that the Board would: be comprised of thirteen Ohio residents including representatives of Ohio family farms, farming organizations, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers, the dean of the agriculture department at an Ohio college or university and a county humane society representative. What it doesnt say is that 10 of the 13 board members are appointed by the governor, which means they could hold whatever view the governor desires that his or her appointees hold. The amendment says nothing about terms of the appointees and, as such, they would serve at the pleasure of the governor and could be replaced at any time. Also, technically, the governor holds 11 of the 13 spots, as the chair of the board is the director of the Agriculture Department, a gubernatorial appointment. ..."