Cliff Hite

Hog Creek Wind Farm
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An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the abrupt resignation of the senator who was backing it.

A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a turbine must be from a property line.

Sen. Matt Dolan is the new leading voice on the issue. He says the current setbacks handcuff the wind industry.

Chris Long
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Recent resignations at the Statehouse over inappropriate sexual behavior are on the radar of some who say some of those incidents need to be investigated.

Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long says more investigation is needed into the resignations of Republican state Sen. Cliff Hite, Republican Rep. Wes Goodman and Senate Democratic Chief of Staff Mike Premo and former Rep. Wes Goodman.

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Editor's note:  Last night, a panel of Republican senators voted to recommend Rep. Robert McColley to fill Hite's empty Senate seat. The full Senate Republican Caucus must now hold a vote to make McColley's selection to serve the remaining 13 months of Hite's term official.  

Republicans in the Ohio Senate are regrouping after allegations of sexual harassment forced a high-ranking member to resign. 

STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

In the past month, two lawmakers and one high-ranking staffer have resigned under the guise of "inappropriate conduct." But that phrase can be attributed to a wide-range of infractions.

The Senate president says they're goal is to be as transparent as possible.

 

Ohio Statehouse
State of Ohio

Two Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic Senate staffer have resigned in the last month – all over what’s been termed “inappropriate behavior." This raises the question of whether there is a culture at the Statehouse that attracts or encourages behavior that makes people feel uncomfortable or afraid. 

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