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Ohio Statehouse rocked with second resignation involving alleged inappropriate behavior

Senate Minority Chief of Staff Michael Premo, resigned{ } after claims of alleged inappropriate behavior were reported to Senate Democratic Leadership by staff members. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus state lawmaker continues to call for action to stop sexual harassment in the statehouse after a second resignation involving alleged improper behavior.

Senate Minority Chief of Staff Michael Premo, resigned Monday night after claims of alleged inappropriate behavior were reported to Senate Democratic Leadership by staff members.

"I found the information to be credible. Therefore, at my request, Mike Premo, submitted his resignation as Minority Chief of Staff," said Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, in a statement.

The departure comes less than a month after Cliff Hite, resigned his state senate seat after reports he made inappropriate advances to a state employee.

"Disappointed," said Columbus State Senator Charleta Tavares, after learning about Premo's resignation.

Last week, Tavares and dozens of female legislators and staff members published an open letter, demanding more action to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, including the Statehouse.

"I am hoping this will certainly stop, we need to put the tools in place, that will protect these victims," said Tavares.

Yuko said he was not revealing any additional details about the claims against Premo, "out of respect for those who raised concerns."

ABC 6/FOX 28 attempted to talk with Premo at his home, but we were told he was not commenting.

Plans are in the works to provide sexual harassment training to Senators and their staff, but no details have been confirmed.

Tavares says sexual harassment prevention is an issue that needs cooperation on both sides of the political aisle.

"We have to protect those that have been victimized, and make sure they are not victims," said Tavares.

Mary Turocy with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, says no one should be afraid to come forward and tell their story.

"There is no charge to small, no allegation for us to look into," she said.

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