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Ohio House Republicans introduce legislation to repeal controversial bailout of nuclear power plants,

Ohio House Republicans introduce legislation to repeal controversial bailout of nuclear power plants,  Cleveland 19 News,  Jim Nelson | July 23, 2020   COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) – A pair of republican members of the Ohio House of Representatives are introducing a bill to repeal House Bill 6, the controversial bailout of the state’s nuclear power plants now at the center of a bombshell corruption scandal.

“Not only because it was bad policy from the start, but because we need to reassure Ohioans that their representatives, be they democrat or republican, are truly working in their interest,” said Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City).

She, along with Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario), will co-sponsor the bill.

Federal investigators say the passage of the controversial legislation was helped by a phony social welfare organization, orchestrated by House Speaker Larry Householder.

They say $61 million was funneled through the organization to Householder and his associates, who in turn helped elect 21 members of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Nearly all of them voted in favor of the bailout.

“House Bill 6 was bad policy from the start,” Lanese said. “From the beginning to the middle through the end, this legislation has been tainted.”

Neither Lanese nor Romanchuk supported the bill.

Romanchuk was not at the Thursday news conference held in Columbus, where Lanese stressed the importance of coming up with a new energy solution.

“Many of my house colleagues are not against nuclear energy. We are part of the ‘all of the above’ policy. This is not about kicking out nuclear energy or destroying jobs,” she said. “I would like to see [that] we include a lot of the clean energy portfolio pieces that were part of the last general assembly’s legislation. Those were taken out in this piece.”

“We did have a lot of support for energy efficiency and renewable energy,” she pointed out……..

While Householder is the only elected official implicated in the criminal complaint, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorneys Office, there is speculation that others could be more deeply involved. …….

The Ohio House of Representatives is not currently in session and as of now, there is no official timetable for when the new legislation could be brought to the house floor. https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/07/23/ohio-house-republicans-introduce-legislation-repeal-controversial-bailout-nuclear-power-plants/

July 25, 2020 - Posted by | politics, USA

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