On Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Republican Governor John Kasich’s privatized department of development, JobsOhio.
Those who filed the suit are pleased with the decision because they say it proves the bill that created JobsOhio, House Bill 1, is unconstitutional.
The suit will be refiled in a lower court.
ProgressOhio, a left-leaning think tank, filed the lawsuit in April. It argues that provisions in HB1, which established JobsOhio, violate the state constitution. One such part, ProgressOhio claims, is a requirement to file any challenges to the law with the Ohio Supreme Court.
In a 6-1 decision, the Court ruled that the legislature cannot give the court jurisdictional powers outside the state constitution, so the Court lacks jurisdiction to consider the suit.
Justice Paul Pfeifer dissented from the court’s opinion.
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