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Opponents of SB5 submit petitions

By Doug Published: April 5, 2011

By Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Opponents of Ohio's new collective bargaining law have taken the first step in their fight to repeal its limits on public workers' union rights.

Multiple media outlets report that a coalition seeking a referendum to overturn the law submitted about 3,000 petition signatures to state officials on Monday. At least 1,000 valid signatures are needed before the bipartisan coalition can move forward with collecting more than 230,000 valid signatures by June 30 to put a statewide issue on the ballot in November.

The new law was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Thursday. It bans public employee strikes, eliminates binding arbitration and restricts bargaining for more than 350,000 state workers, teachers, police officers and others.

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