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Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima, left) laughs with Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) after session on July 30, as Rep. Todd Smith (R-Farmersville) looks on. Cross is among the Republicans who have proposed bills to push back on Gov. Mike DeWine's public health orders.

Ohio Senate Cancels Voting Session After House Unable To Meet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate cancelled a voting session for tomorrow, after the House scrapped its session for Wednesday. But the Republican House Speaker is refusing to say a COVID-19 outbreak among House members happened during committee meetings. Two House Republicans and two House Democrats have announced they’ve tested positive for… Read More

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Opponents Of HB6 Say Nuclear Bailout Freeze Is Not Enough

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — New charges are set to appear on everyone’s electric bills in Ohio to support a nuclear power plant bailout. While that bailout is linked to an alleged bribery scheme, House Republicans seem poised to freeze the law rather than repeal it. House leadership is signaling a freeze to the… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

House, Senate Prepare For More than 100 Bill Hearings This Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Ohio Senate will be busy with more than 20 different committee meetings for more than 100 bill hearings as the legislature nears the end of lame duck session. Among the bills receiving a hearing is SB3, a criminal justice reform bill that changes drug sentencing laws… Read More

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Ohio Hospitals Running Low On Staff As COVID-19 Surges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Hospital officials from around the state of Ohio are laying out a dire situation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in record numbers. While preserving hospital space and equipment is a challenge, the doctors said there’s a much more pressing concern at the moment. Hospitals around Ohio are running… Read More

Sam Randazzo, former PUCO Chair, on "The State of Ohio"

Sam Randazzo Resigns As PUCO Chair To Avoid Being A ‘Distraction’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s top utilities regulations official has resigned just days after FBI agents searched his home in an early morning raid. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced the departure of PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo, thanking him for his service. Along with the FBI raid, FirstEnergy filed an SEC report Thursday saying former… Read More

The SEC building in Washington, D.C.

FirstEnergy Execs Fired For $4M Payment To Entity Connected to Unnamed State Regulator

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission says former senior management members were fired after an internal investigation discovered certain executives made a $4 million payment to an entity with ties to an unnamed state regulator. FirstEnergy says the $4 million was payment to terminate a consulting agreement with… Read More

Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) presents his bill, HB772, to Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

Legislature Looking At Different Routes For Potential HB6 Repeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio Senate committee held a hearing on two different pieces of legislation that address the sweeping energy law, HB6, which creates more than $1 billion in subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. Legislators now have three options in front of them to deal with the bill connected to a… Read More

Workers count ballots in Detroit

Ohio GOP Leaders Call For Patience As States Count Votes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio’s election results show a big win for President Donald Trump, leaders are voicing their support for other states as they continue to count votes in the presidential race. That includes some of the state’s top Republican officeholders. Trump spent the day after the election calling on officials… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Execs Say Racketeering Investigation Poses ‘Challenge’ To FirstEnergy Earnings Objective

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy held its first earnings call since announcing the departure of CEO Chuck Jones who was ousted as the result of an internal review related to a federal racketeering investigation. The utility says, although the company is under investigation in possible connection to a bribery scheme, earnings are still up…. Read More

Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy Corp CEO, after testifying before a Senate committee in May 2017.

FirstEnergy Fires CEO Chuck Jones After Internal Investigation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The FirstEnergy Board of Directors has fired its CEO Chuck Jones after an internal investigation into the ongoing federal racketeering case. The announcement came just hours after two defendants in that case entered a plea agreement in court saying they’re guilty of the accusations. A statement from FirstEnergy says… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Defendants File Plea Agreements In HB6 Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal court documents in the $61 million racketeering case shows two defendants are looking to change their “not guilty” pleas, which means they’ve reached a deal with federal prosecutors and are admitting to their roles in the alleged scheme. The investigation into the sweeping energy bill, HB6, alleges former House… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Columbus, Cincinnati File Lawsuit To Stop New Electric Bill Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Leaders in Columbus and Cincinnati have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop new charges from appearing on electric bills next year created through HB6, which is at the heart of an alleged corruption scandal. Federal prosecutors say a bribery scheme helped get HB6 passed into law. The bill,… Read More

An installer fixes an air vent

OSU Doctor Gives Tips For Best Home Ventilation To Mitigate COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is rolling out updated guidelines for businesses and organizations to operate in the colder months to come and medical experts are sharing advise on how people can prepare for indoor visits that can still mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Mark Weir is director of… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Says Yost’s Civil Case Does Not Have ‘Legal Merit’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy is responding to a civil case filed against the company by Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) saying the utility company plans to “vigorously” defend itself. FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young says the company has followed the law when it comes to making political contributions. “The attorney general’s lawsuit unjustly targets… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Yost Files Civil Case Against FirstEnergy, HB6 Corruption Defendants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) is attempting to block nuclear power plants from receiving what could be more than a billion dollars of ratepayer money from the bailout passed a year ago through HB6. Yost filed a civil case in court, basing the lawsuit off the findings of a federal corruption… Read More

Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) during Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

House Dems Say HB6 Repeal Taking Too Long

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is planning another hearing on a potential repeal of HB6, the legislation that which big changes to Ohio energy laws and bailed out nuclear power plants. Opponents of HB6 are growing frustrated with the process saying it should be repealed now. HB6 is at the center… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Opponents Say Poll Shows Little Support For HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group calling for the repeal of a sweeping energy law that bailed out nuclear power plants says they have public opinion on their side. The coalition of organizations against HB6 says polling shows little support for the legislation at the center of a federal corruption investigation. A group of environmentalists, government watchdogs… Read More

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Top Leaders In Ohio Senate Under Quarantine After One Tests Positive for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), the Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) have placed themselves under quarantine. A spokesperson for the Senate Majority Caucus says Peterson is doing “ok.” Peterson even participated in Monday’s virtual meeting of… Read More

Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) testifies before the Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

Ohio House Holds Hearings On HB6 Repeal Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of HB6, the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a large corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). A key argument in the debate… Read More

Dr. Joan Duwve

Duwve Retracts Decision To Be Ohio’s New Health Director

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) pick to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has backed out of consideration for the post. The public health official withdrew from the position just hours after DeWine made the announcement. DeWine said during his afternoon briefing on COVID-19 that Dr…. Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Supporters, Opponents Of HB6 Debate Final Cost On Electric Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House will begin to hold hearings on a possible repeal of a sweeping energy bill that bailed out nuclear power plants, among several other things. Supporters and opponents of the law, which is now at the center of a federal bribery investigation, are fighting over what the… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

LaRose Warns Final Election Outcomes Could Take Longer Than Usual

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal way of doing things in many areas, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) says election night is no exception. LaRose says the record amount of absentee ballots expected to be cast means outcomes could take longer for races that are too close… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Begins Wastewater Monitoring Network For COVID-19 Tracking

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is rolling out a new program to help local officials track potential outbreaks of COVID-19. Ohio has put together a network of wastewater treatment plants in an attempt to detect the coronavirus through sewage. There are more than 20 wastewater treatment plants in Ohio studying samples looking… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Householder, who is… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio House Creates New Committee For Nuclear Bailout Repeal Debate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme. Newly-elected House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) says the House Select… Read More