Newly disclosed records show that Ohio Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, a measure critics say “would weaken Ohio’s ‘green’ building standards,” was drafted by lobbyists for the chemical industry, including a former Ohio Senate president, reports The Columbus Dispatch. The resolution, passed by the Senate in February 2014, says “state agencies and government entities would not need to comply with the latest version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards for energy-efficient buildings.” The House has not yet voted on the proposal. (For more on the push against LEED standards, see our November 15, 2013 and December 13, 2013 blog posts.) A records request from the Energy & Policy Institute shows that Tom Niehaus, Senate president in 2011 and 2012, emailed Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) “with suggested wording of the resolution” before Uecker introduced the measure “with only minor changes.” Niehaus is currently a principal at Vorys Advisors LLC, where he represents clients including the American Chemistry Council, “a national trade group that has fought the latest version of LEED standards in many venues because the rules could limit the use of certain chemicals in building materials.” For more, read the full article