Clean energy ballot item hits snag

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in
alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative,
saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn’t meet a signature requirement. DeWine said the
submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed.
The amendment calls for $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and
development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.
The attorney general and state Ballot Board previously cleared a similar proposal last year. Though an
attorney for its supporters said they revised the timing of the issuance of bonds under the amendment
and had to refile their petition.