- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal that could keep Ohio agencies and publicly-funded entities from buying prescription drugs at prices higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays has cleared its next hurdle.

The state Ballot Board determined Thursday that the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act was one issue. The initiative’s backers can now begin circulating petitions. Once signatures are verified, the Legislature would have four months to act on the proposed law.

Columbus attorney Don McTigue (mihk-TEYG’) told the board that four Ohioans are behind the so-called initiated statute, which seeks to force a vote by state lawmakers. He says the four individuals have experienced health issues and have had to pay high drug prices. He says the effort is about lowering those costs and the price of drugs for others.

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