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Ann Sanner

All Ohio state lawmakers must receive sexual harassment training following a wave of the sexual misconduct scandals that swept the nation and forced resignations in both chambers of Ohio's state Legislature.

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 resignation of a senator. 

Ann Sanner

Though Ohio’s legislative leaders say that they’re taking harassment seriously, following a string of resignations at the Statehouse over sexual misconduct and other behavior, outside groups are calling for further investigation.

Former Ohio Senator Cliff Hite.
Cliff Hite / Twitter

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

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 their goal is to be as transparent as possible.

Ohio Senate

Two Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic Senate staffer have resigned in the last month – all over what’s been termed “inappropriate behavior.”

Though the allegations have ranged in severity, the trend highlights a male-dominated culture at the Statehouse that many legislators and staffers say attracts or encourages harassment and abuse, and which makes women uncomfortable or afraid. 

Former Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman
Ohio House of Representatives

Another Ohio lawmaker has resigned over inappropriate behavior. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said in a statement on Wednesday that he asked for and received the resignation of Republican State Rep. Wes Goodman from Cardington.

Michael Premo / Facebook

Democrats in the Ohio Senate are looking for a new chief of staff after Michael Premo resigned yesterday, following staff members complaints about inappropriate conduct.

Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The top leader of the Ohio House is defending his actions after newly-released records show three representatives and one staff member were disciplined after complaints of harassment.

Former Ohio Senator Cliff Hite.
Cliff Hite / Twitter

In the wake of state Sen. Cliff Hite's resignation, and the revelation of his "inappropriate behavior" toward a state employee, all Ohio state senators will be required to receive sexual harassment training.

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