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Official Clarifies Alleged Damage To Statehouse

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

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Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus said that damage was caused to the Ohio Statehouse as a result of a union rally earlier this week. A building management spokesman clarifies in an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles.

Neihaus says there’s documentation of instances where people have written on the walls or deficated inside the building. The Ohio Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board is in charge of the Statehouse and keeps track of all damages and cleanup at the facility. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, building management spokesman Gregg Dodd explains the extent of the damage outlined by Niehaus.

Niehaus made this comment about the condition of the People’s house following a massive rally earlier this week:

“Unfortunately, we have documented instances where people defecated in the building. We have documented incidences where they have written on the walls. You know, this is the people’s house. And, I used to say, well treat the house like it’s yours. Well, I don’t want them to treat the house like it’s theirs if that’s the way they treat their own home.”

The majority of people at the rally earlier this week were teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees….groups of people who generally are thought to have high respect for public places. The Ohio Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board is in charge of the Statehouse and keeps track of all damages and cleanup at the facility. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, building management spokesman Gregg Dodd explains the extent of the situations outlined by Niehaus.

Gregg Dodd of the Capitol Square and Advisory Board says there was controversy earlier this week because many people who showed up to witness the hearing on the bill were not allowed inside the Statehouse due to limits on capacity. Dodd says it’s up to the highway patrol to determine how many people can be allowed in the Statehouse at one time. Democrats are pushing legislation and a potential lawsuit to make sure the next time thousands converge on the people’s house for a hearing on a bill, they are allowed access into the building.

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