Constitutional amendment headed to Ohio voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Ohioans will vote on a constitutional amendment in November. The amendment is aimed at helping crime victims.

Marsy's Law for Ohio received approval to appear on the ballot on Monday. More than 371,000 signatures were certified from 54 counties.

"Today, we move closer to making equal rights for crime victims a reality in Ohio" said Dr. Henry Nicholas, founder of the Marsy's Law effort. The amendment is named for murder victim Marsy Nicholas. She was killed in 1983.

The amendment would require crime victims to have the right of notification for all court proceedings and the right to be heard at every step in the judicial process. Victims would have the right to have input on plea deals and the right to restitution.