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Ohio Senate Aides' Time Records Under Review

Authorities are investigating a directive by the Ohio Senate president that allowed two top aides to create dozens of time records requesting time away from state work, mostly for political consulting. President Keith Faber, a Celina Republican, says he merely instructed Chief of Staff Jason Mauk and Communications Director John McClelland to make sure their time records were up-to-date. Faber says the June resignations of aides to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor over timesheet irregularities prompted his request. However, it also coincided with a pending records request by an Ohio newspaper. Before releasing documents to The Dayton Daily News, Mauk and McClelland generated 62 new comp time and leave requests. Franklin County's prosecutor says he's discussing with the appropriate authorities whether that violated a prohibition against altering state records.