Hours after Governor John Kasich appointed veteran energy lawyer Howard Petricoff to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Senate President called for formal hearings to determine Petricoff’s qualifications.
In his press statement, Senator Keith Faber said: “Senators have expressed some concerns about Mr. Petricoff’s inability to hear many of the cases pending before the commission due to conflicts of interest involving past legal work.”
The Senate Public Utilities Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 12, to consider the appointment.
Rumor has it some utility companies are advocating against the Petricoff pick.
The OMA supports the appointment of Petricoff, who is eminently qualified, by Governor Kasich.