News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Calorie Labeling for Vending Machine Snacks

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed several recent federal regulations that would implement the obesity-fighting measures in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One of these proposed regulations [full text from Justia Regulation Tracker] would “require that for an article of food sold from a vending machine that does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article, or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase…the vending machine operator must disclose the number of calories for the article of food.” The FDA posits that providing calorie disclosure for vending machine food would help consumers make healthier snacking choices.

You can learn more about researching federal regulations, including proposed rules, in our Administrative Law Research Guide.

Ohio Antifreeze Law Would Help Pets

According to the Humane Society of the United States, it only takes a few tablespoons of sweet tasting but highly toxic antifreeze to poison a family pet [read more].  Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in most brands of antifreeze is also tempting to children, leading to poisoning.

At the end of March, SB140 was introduced in the Ohio General Assembly; the bill went before the Senate Judiciary – Criminal Justice committee for a first hearing yesterday. SB140 would “require the inclusion of a bittering agent in engine coolant and antifreeze,” rendering these substances unpalatable to animals and children. If passed, Ohio would join six other states—Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, and Maine—that have successfully passed legislation requiring bittering agents in ethylene glycol antifreeze. A federal antifreeze bittering bill has yet to be passed.

Preliminary Referendum Petition for SB 5

A short version and long version of the Preliminary Referendum Petition for Am. Sub. S. B. No. 5 was filed with the Ohio Attorney General and Secretary of State.   See the Ohio Secretary of State’s web page, which sets out the procedure for a referendum and cites to provisions of the Ohio Constitution and Ohio Revised Code establishing the procedure. Once the Attorney General certifies the petition, a required minimum of 231,149 valid signatures must be gathered,  equal to 6% of the total number of votes cast for Governor in 2010. The signatures must also meet the minimum distribution requirement of 3% of gubernatorial vote in 44 counties.  When the required signatures are gathered and verified, the people of Ohio may vote on whether the General Assembly’s law will go into effect .