117. "Repeal what?" you ask?
describe Ohio Senate Bill 117 in some other ways:
is not 2007's SB 117 that deals with cable
television. It's SB 117 from 2006, the bill that
reduced consumer rights.
the bill that former governor Taft (a Republican)
wouldn't sign and that Governor Strickland (a
Democrat) vetoed hours after taking office. But
in August 2007 Ohio's Supreme Court overturned his veto.
bill passed by
lame-duck state legislators at the behest of
mortgage lenders, auto dealers, paint manufacturers
companies. It loaded many unrelated amendments on to
a year old bill called "Trina's law." They had no
hearings and wouldn't even let (Republican) Attorney
General Jim Petro testify against the bill.
It's a bill
whose results are anti-consumer. By putting a $5,000
limit on non-economic (not out-of-pocket) damages
for fraudulent and deceptive business practices, it
takes the teeth out of consumer protection laws. Cuyahoga
County Treasurer Jim Rokakis writes "S.B. 117 ...
effectively gutted S.B. 185 [Ohios new law against
Predatory Lending], as well as the rest of the
Consumer Sales Practices Act by altering the CSPA’s
decades-old language on damages."
November 1, 2007
The referendum petition
campaign didn't get enough signatures in time. The
Ohio Supreme Court gave them only 60 days instead of the
usual 90 to get the job done. But without a state-wide network or the resources to hire a
petition solicitation company, that just wasn't enough
time to gather the quarter million voter signatures
needed. But their
website will stay online with information on why State Bill 117
(2006) should be repealed. Please visit