Advisory Question Passes at Avon Township Town Hall Meeting

At Tuesday nights annual Avon Township Town Hall meeting a petition asking that an advisory question be added to the November ballot passed by a vote of 22 Ayes, 5 Nays, and 4 abstentions. This non-binding referendum will place the following language on the ballot:

Should the United States Constitution be amended to limit the use of corporate, special interest, and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office.

YES ( ) NO ( )

The petition had been circulated prior to the meeting and had sufficient signatures to have it added to the nights agenda. Notice had been posted in several venues alerting the public of the upcoming vote. The meeting started with the regular Avon Township Board agenda which lasted less than five minutes and then proceeded to the Town Hall portion. During that time the only person acting in an official manner was the Township Clerk, Lisa Rusch, who proceeded to ask for a Moderator to be selected. A motion was made and passed to have Jeanne Kearby act as Moderator and the meeting then continued.

Moderator Jeanne Kearby and Avon Township Clerk Lisa Rusch
Moderator Jeanne Kearby and Avon Township Clerk Lisa Rusch

There was an impassioned statement made by audience member, Kim Kearby, on behalf of the proposed constitutional referendum.

Audience member, Kim Kearby, makes an impassioned plea on behalf of the proposed Constitutional referendum
Audience member, Kim Kearby, makes an impassioned plea on behalf of the proposed Constitutional referendum

Similar language was part of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law that passed back in 2002 but was overturned by the Supreme Court. The Court’s decision stated that

“Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity. No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of non-profit or for-profit corporations.”

Both meetings are included in the following video.

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