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Democrats question ethics commission decision
Democrats plan to introduce legislation to limit outside financial compensation for the Governor in a largely symbolic protest

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Democrats are continuing to sound off about a potential conflict of interest in the Statehouse.

House Minority Leader Tracy Heard says Gov. John Kasich received a salary as a board member and deferred compensation payouts from Worthington Industries.  The company has received $619,000 in state tax credits.

Heard disputes a decision last week by the Ohio Ethics Commission that Kasich made a clean break from the company.  She says the committee is chaired by a Kasich appointee and campaign contributor.

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Two House Democrats will introduce legislation Tuesday that Heard says will address those concerns.

Though Democrats are in the minority and Republicans have passed legislation to shield JobsOhio from public audits, Heard says that doesn’t relieve Democrats of the responsibility to propose this new bill.

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