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Three House Members Accused Of Harassment; No More Punishment For Ex-Senator

Karen Kasler

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

Reports released after a public record request to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s office show Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) 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 (D-Columbus), who was ordered to undergo training. And a complaint was filed two years ago against Rep. Mike Henne (R-Clayton) after a comment he made – he temporarily lost his committee leadership position, and has apologized and underwent sensitivity training. Meanwhile, Senate President Larry Obhof says last month’s resignation of Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) after revelations of sexual harassment allegations against him has made the need for further punishment unnecessary.

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