The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro approved proposed ballot language Wednesday submitted by backers of an initiative to repeal the state's penny-per-dollar sales tax increase.
Petro said the ballot wording, submitted by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell in Columbus, is a "fair and truthful statement" of the proposed amendment.
Blackwell resubmitted petitions to Petro last week after the attorney general rejected the group's first attempt.
Petro said Citizens for Tax Repeal's first proposal should have explained that the temporary tax expires on June 30, 2005.
The new petitions included that date.
Petro certified 186 of the 247 signatures that Blackwell submitted; 100 valid signatures of registered voters were required.
Blackwell's group has until Dec. 15 to submit 96,870 signatures - or 3 percent of the total vote in the 2002 election for governor - to force the Legislature to debate the repeal next year.
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