Another Week of No Hearings on HB 6 Repeal

More than 12 weeks have passed since federal agents arrested then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his ties to the alleged a $60 million conspiracy to pass House Bill 6.

And in just 75 days — on Jan. 1 — Ohioans will be forced to start paying for HB 6’s subsidies via their electric bills, costing ratepayers $170 million annually.

Fortunately, House Bill 772 has been offered by Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) to repeal and reform provisions of Ohio’s energy law that have been negatively impacted by HB 6. (The OMA has produced this two-page document to summarize HB 772 and why it’s needed.) But the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight, which is considering HB 6 repeal options, has not held a hearing since Sept. 30.

As this editorial indicates, calls for the General Assembly to act are growing louder. Gov. Mike DeWine this week said he thinks Ohio lawmakers will pass some type of repeal legislation after the Nov. 3 election. This will be a key topic of discussion at the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting on Nov. 10. 10/15/2020