COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s high court has agreed to settle a key legal question regarding the new private economic development entity created by Republican Gov. John Kasich: Do 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 so don’t have standing to sue.
The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday it would take the case and settle the question of standing.
ProgressOhio executive director Brian Rothenberg, whose group is spearheading the legal challenge, said he hopes justices will find his group has the right to sue so legal arguments over JobsOhio’s constitutionality can proceed.