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How did your Legislator vote on HB 6?

Ohio House Bill 6 passed the Ohio House of Representatives on May 29 and the Ohio Senate on July 17, and it’s now heading back to the Ohio House for a concurrence vote on the newest version. If passed, this bill would add an extra charge to all Ohioans electric […]

Bill key to Davis-Besse’s survival passes in Ohio House
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Bill key to Davis-Besse’s survival passes in Ohio House

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Rachael Belz described HB 6 as starting out as ‘another disappointing example of redistribution of wealth,’ and said it got worse as it went through the Ohio House. ‘This vote also makes us question our legislature’s commitment to improving our economy. If they […]

A bad nuclear bailout bill in Ohio is now a whole lot worse. The Senate needs to sink it – or amend it
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

A bad nuclear bailout bill in Ohio is now a whole lot worse. The Senate needs to sink it – or amend it

“Yet none of that can mask what HB 6 has become: a platter of goodies for deep-pocketed special interests who spent liberally — not just in advocating for this legislation but also on Householder’s efforts to get his supporters elected or re-elected to the Ohio House, so they could choose […]

Bowling Green State University students create a short film inspired by OCA’s work
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Bowling Green State University students create a short film inspired by OCA’s work

Professor Bonnie Mitchell of Bowling Green State University is a long-time member of Ohio Citizen Action. In the beginning of 2019, she responded to one of our emails that was a general update, offering to conduct a public awareness project for OCA with her students. So two of our organizers, […]

energy and natural resources subcommittee on energy generation
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Bill that subsidizes nuclear, scraps renewable standards passes Ohio House

“Several Republicans against the bill argued that it picked winners and losers in the energy market. But as House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) argues, there is no free market approach to energy. ‘How can you say that when you put subsidies in wind and you put subsidies on solar, you […]

Heavy hitters turn up the pressure on state lawmakers as Ohio energy bill approaches key vote
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Heavy hitters turn up the pressure on state lawmakers as Ohio energy bill approaches key vote

COLUMBUS — “Paduchik’s foray into a state-government issue particularly raised eyebrows in Columbus, given his close ties with the White House and the national Republican Party. But one source said Paduchik’s pitch was focused on policy, including the possible economic impact of closing the plants, rather than politics. In an interview, […]

Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five members of the Ohio House of Representatives, pressuring them to vote ‘yes’ on HB6.
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Ohio advances coal, nuclear subsidies after pressure from Trump campaign official

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage. Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at […]

Statement from Ohio Citizen Action on Ohio House passage of HB 6
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Statement from Ohio Citizen Action on Ohio House passage of HB 6

COLUMBUS — “HB 6 started out as another disappointing example of redistribution of wealth from the pockets of Ohio consumers into the hands of corporate shareholders, and it only got worse. We knew FirstEnergy wasn’t concerned with carbon – at Ohio Citizen Action we’ve been fighting them for over four decades. […]

Renewable sources vanish from Ohio’s clean energy bill
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Renewable sources vanish from Ohio’s clean energy bill

CLEVELAND — “The arguments against the bailout are the better ones: Taxpayers should not be bailing out failed businesses. Taxpayers are not responsible for bad business decisions made by FirstEnergy, though in fairness, fracking was a game-changing technology. Nuclear is not renewable. Its fuel and the process that it uses […]

House vote expected on revamped Ohio energy bill
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House vote expected on revamped Ohio energy bill

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House could vote this week on a massive overhaul of the state’s clean-energy programs. House Bill 6 would repeal the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, and create new subsidies through a new Ohio Clean Energy Fund for FirstEnergy Solution’s two nuclear power plants, as well as two […]