Ohio constitution overhaul faces deadline, backlash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An increasingly unpopular effort by a group of Ohio Republicans to make it harder to change the state constitution by direct voting faces a critical juncture this week. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says Wednesday is the deadline to pass the proposal. It would require a supermajority of voters to pass future constitutional amendments, including possible efforts to assure abortion access and legalize marijuana. Anti-abortion and pro-gun rights groups are pressuring lawmakers to support a resolution placing the 60% question placed on an August ballot. A House committee removed that date from the resolution Tuesday, leaving its fate uncertain.