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A deeper look at the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program

Lake Erie once again made headlines when the Ohio Supreme Court recently decided that a “Lake Erie Bill of Rights” (LEBOR) initiative could be placed on the Toledo ballot on February 26, 2019. The decision raised alarm in Ohio’s agricultural community and fears that, if passed, the measure will result in litigation for farmers in the Lake Erie watershed.

The OSU Extension Agricultural and Resource Law Program took a close look at LEBOR. Specifically, we wanted to know:

What does Toledo’s Lake Erie Bill of Rights petition mean?
What does the petition language say?
What happened in the legal challenges to keep the petition off the ballot?
Have similar efforts been successful, and if not, why not?
Who has rights in Lake Erie?
What rights do business entities have?
We examine all of these questions, plus a number of frequently asked questions, in a new format called “In the Weeds.” While many of our readers know of our blog posts and law bulletins, explaining this issue required something different. Using “In the Weeds” is a way for us to dig into a current legal issue more in depth.

For answers to the questions above and more, CLICK HERE to view the new “In the Weeds: The Lake Erie Bill of Rights Ballot Initiative.”

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