Ballot Board Splits Clean Energy Initiative on 2016 Ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s Ballot Board has voted to split into two questions a clean-energy initiative headed toward Ohio’s 2016 ballot.

Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board’s chair, said 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.