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Exploring the Balance of Power Between Local and State Governments

Policy Statement #10

For more than a year the Mayors’ Think Tank of Northeast Ohio has prioritized reviewing the impact of term limits and the overuse of constitutional amendments and their impact on municipal home rule. The resulting document, Policy Statement #10, “Exploring the Balance of Power between Local and State Government” reflects information the Mayors received from a variety of speakers knowledgeable about state and local government, along with relevant publications, and presents their findings and recommendations.

The speakers confirmed the mayors’ concerns that municipal home rule powers are steadily being eroded in Ohio .  They gained insight into the impact of term limits on the state legislative process, and the inexperience and uncertainty leading to “legislating” through constitutional amendments.


In addition to hearing guest speakers, the mayors reviewed papers, documents, relevant information from books and articles to expand their knowledge of the topics under review for Policy Statement #10.