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Public Comment Sought on Proposed Change to Judicial Fundraising

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment on proposed amendments to the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct to increase the time a judicial candidate’s campaign committee can start soliciting and receiving campaign contributions.

Currently, under Jud.Cond.R. 4.4 (E) and (H)(1), the campaign committee of a judicial candidate may begin soliciting and receiving contributions no earlier than 120 days before the date of the primary election. The proposed change would increase that time to 180 days before the primary date.

Additionally, the amendment corrects an error with regard to the date of the primary election in presidential election years. Currently, Jud.Cond.R. 4.4 lists the presidential primary date as being the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. The amendment correctly reflects that date as the second, rather than first, Tuesday after the first Monday.

The 30-day public comment period ends on April 24, 2019. Comments should be submitted in writing to:

John VanNorman
Deputy Chief Legal Counsel
Ohio Supreme Court
65 S. Front St., Seventh Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431

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