- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio effort to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has re-emerged.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative’s constitutional amendment. DeWine said the proposal met an initial signature requirement and that its summary was “fair and truthful.”

It’s the fourth such petition submitted under the same title since 2012.

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.

Backers can soon begin collecting signatures to get the latest version before voters. It’s too late for them to make the ballot this year, because the deadline for the November election was last week.

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