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Clean-Energy Proposal Split Into 2 Ballot Questions In Ohio

Nov 11, 2015

The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split into two questions a clean-energy initiative slated for the 2016 ballot. 

Republican Ohio Secretary of State and board chair Jon Husted says one question could again be divided later if it's determined that it falls under anti-monopoly protections voters approved last week. One question contains the heart of the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative. It would require $1.3 billion in annual investments over 10 years in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other alternative energy sources. A Delaware-based private corporation would pick the projects and receive $65 million annually to operate. The separate question contains a process for fixing portions of the initiative that are voided or invalidated in future legal challenges. Backers of the initiative must now gather additional signatures.