Ohio Supreme Court To Decide Group's Right To Sue JobsOhio

Jan 23, 2013

Ohio's high court has agreed to settle a key legal question regarding the new private economic development entity created by Republican Governor John Kasich.

At issue - whether opponents have grounds to sue. So far, lower courts have rejected a legal challenge to JobsOhio brought by a liberal policy group and two democratic state lawmakers. They've stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the nonprofit jobs-creation board, instead saying the parties can't show harm and therefore have no standing to sue. The Ohio Supreme Court today says justices will take the case and settle the question of standing. ProgressOhio Executive Director Brian Rothenberg, whose group leads the legal challenge, says he hopes justices will find his group has the right to sue so legal arguments over JobsOhio's constitutionality can proceed.