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With No Repeal Of HB6 In Place, Ohio AG Sues To Stop Monthly Nuclear Bailout Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are only a few weeks until new charges are set to hit all Ohio electric bills, and there’s still no repeal of House Bill 6, the disputed law that created those charges. Now the attorney general has filed a second lawsuit involving collection of that money. The suit from… 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

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

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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

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

Ohio GOP Lawmakers Favor Remake Of Tainted Energy Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There appears to be consensus among Republican lawmakers to replace a bill tainted by an alleged bribery scandal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to two Ohio nuclear plants. Some say they support most of what’s in the bill known as HB6 but want its replacement to include audits proving the… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Ex-House Speaker Runs For Reelection Despite Federal Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Rep. Larry Householder’s name will be on the ballot Election Day as the disgraced Ohio lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term. This despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse over the summer and led his… Read More

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

DeWine Expects Nuclear Bailout Repeal During Lame Duck Session

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s been nearly three months since former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others connected to him were arrested on federal charges of wrongdoing associated with an energy bill signed into law last year. Gov. DeWine has said he wants that law, HB 6 repealed. But that hasn’t… Read More

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

Committee Adjourns On Eve Of Deadline To Repeal Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House committee set up to determine the fate of the law now tainted by a $60 million federal bribery investigation adjourned for the coming weeks with no immediate plans for repeal in place. Lawmakers left Wednesday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight with no… 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

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

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House Committee To Hold 1st Hearing On Repeal Of Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House lawmakers planned a Thursday hearing to begin repealing and replacing a nuclear plant bailout law. The law is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe and which led to the ouster of the former GOP House speaker. Newly elected House Speaker Bob Cupp created the House Select… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

State Watchdog Seeks Probe Of Utility Tied To Bribery Scheme

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s consumer watchdog wants a regulatory agency to investigate whether the state’s largest electric utility used customer money to fund an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio’s most powerful politicians. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel late Tuesday asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to seek an independent investigation to… 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

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

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… 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

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Considering Legal Action To Stall Electric Bill Hikes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says he’s considering taking legal action to stall the billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout as legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the mechanism to be used to increase nearly every… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

New Hearing Scheduled For Ex-Ohio House Speaker In Bribery Scheme

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a new hearing for the former speaker of the Ohio House who’s charged in an alleged bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political use in exchange for passing a legislative… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Former Ohio House Speaker Needs More Time To Find Lawyer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House says he needs more time to find a lawyer to defend him against a conspiracy charge related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Bill Would Require Ohio Lawmakers Convicted Of A Crime To Make Restitution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio House members removed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation into his activities, he remains an active member of the general assembly. Now, some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his… 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.

Yost Seeks To Halt Payouts In Nuke Plants’ Bankruptcy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost asked a federal court Monday to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe. Yost said the arrests of then-House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in an alleged pay-to-play scheme surrounding a… 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.

Federal PAC Donations Show Ohio Valley Lawmakers Raked In Thousands From Utility FirstEnergy

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (OVR) — Lawmakers from across the Ohio Valley have received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from 2019-2020 from a political action committee associated with FirstEnergy Corp., the electric utility implicated in a $61 million bribery and racketeering scheme related to Ohio’s controversial energy bill that bailed out several struggling nuclear and… Read More