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More Harassment Allegations Against State Lawmakers Surface

Ohio Senator Cliff Hite (R), District 1
The Ohio Senate

Two weeks after the resignation of a Republican state senator because of sexual harassment claims, other reports have surfaced of inappropriate and concerning behavior among some other Ohio lawmakers. 

Reports released after a public records request to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s office show an unidentified female Democratic representative was removed from a committee leadership position in June 2016 because of a harassment complaint against her. A discrimination complaint was filed in March by an aide to Democratic Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent, who was ordered to undergo training.

And a complaint was filed two years ago against Republican Rep. Mike Henne of the Dayton area after a comment he made. As a result, he temporarily lost his committee leadership position, apologized and underwent sensitivity training.

Meanwhile, Senate President Larry Obhof says last month’s resignation of Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay after revelations of sexual harassment allegations against him has made the need for further punishment of him unnecessary. 

Editor's note: The headline on this story has been changed to make it clear that the allegations are of harassment, not sexual harassment.