On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee heard witnesses oppose Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which Sens. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced in November to stop Ohio's state agencies and government entities from using the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC LEED) v4 green building system. Supporters of the resolution argue that the USGBC has strayed from its original focus on energy efficiency to outright banning certain products due to unfounded toxicity claims (See our Dec 13, 2013, blog post – "U.S. chemical companies push for anti-LEED legislation at the state and federal level"). Opponents "vehemently denied the existence of a 'blacklist' of building materials," claiming that "thousands of member organizations ultimately voted on the final version" following "extensive public input on the drafts." S.C.R. 25 would instead "urge state agencies to follow efficient building standards" set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).