Gov. Kasich Vetoes Energy Standards Bill, Is Blasted By Chief Backer

Dec 27, 2016

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a bill that rolls back state requirements on electric utilities and clean energy. 

Environmental groups hailed Kasich’s veto of the bill, which the governor says would undermine progress made by clean energy generation options. Kasich said in a statement that the bill would make it harder to attract high-tech firms and would hurt homeowners and businesses. Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, a backer of the bill, said this bill is what Ohioans who voted for Donald Trump want, and that Kasich is trying to - quote - "appease his coastal elite friends". And Seitz said the strengthened veto-proof GOP majorities in the legislature will work to totally repeal the mandates in the coming session.