In 2016, Shaker Heights voters passed, with an 82% “yes” vote, Issue 95 in support of a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, stating that:
- Only human beings, not corporate entities have constitutional rights, and
- Money is not speech, so money spent on elections can be regulated.
Passage of Issue 95 also established biannual public hearings (Democracy Days) to examine the impact on our city, our state, and our nation of political influence of corporate entities and “big money” in elections.
Members of the general public will have up to 5 minutes to speak on these matters. City Council will send letters to our Congressperson and senator summarizing the comments made at this meeting and calling on Congress to pass a 28th amendment. Democracy Day 2023 will be the fourth biannual hearing.