COLUMBUS, Ohio — An issue aimed at controlling what Ohio agencies pay for prescription drugs has cleared a hurdle on the path to appearing on next year’s ballot.

The Drug Price Relief Act aims to keep state agencies from buying drugs at prices higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

Ohio’s elections chief on Friday certified that supporters had collected enough valid signatures to meet requirements for the 2017 ballot.

The Ohio Supreme Court had found elections officials erroneously counted some of the initial signatures. Supporters submitted additional signatures and successfully sought an order from the court for the secretary of state to certify the ballot initiative instead of sending it back to the Legislature for consideration.

Now a board will prescribe the ballot language for the proposed law.