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Ohio panel lays out possible jobs board conflicts

Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's ethics agency has warned six of nine directors of Ohio's fledgling privatized job-creation board that their business interests raise potential conflicts of interest.

The Ohio Ethics Commission identified the six JobsOhio board members, including Chairman James Boland, along with three employees after a routine review of their confidential financial disclosure filings.

A JobsOhio spokeswoman said none of the potential conflicts amounted to anything. She said the board has not played a role in any dealings the flagged companies may have done with the state.

Paul Nick, the commission's executive director, said conflict-of-interest findings released Thursday by the commission do not imply wrongdoing.

Critics said the potential conflicts raised more questions about JobsOhio and its influential private-sector board, which helps set Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) economic agenda.