APNewsBreak: Top aide to Lt. Gov. Taylor resigns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A spokesman says the top aide to Ohio's lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were discovered in her timesheets.

Laura Johnson was chief of staff to Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Spokesman Chris Brock said Friday she stepped down Thursday at Taylor's request. Johnson's administrative assistant also resigned, citing an "unhealthy hostile work environment."

Brock said the office became aware of Johnson's timesheet irregularities several weeks ago while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for records that included timesheets and parking logs for Johnson and the assistant.

Brock says the matter has been referred to the inspector general and the State Highway Patrol to review.

Taylor is Gov. John Kasich's (KAY-siks) running mate this fall as he seeks re-election.

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