Lawmakers Pass Certain Deadline In HB6 Repeal Attempt
The Ohio House and Ohio Senate missed a notable date in the attempt to repeal House Bill 6, the sweeping energy bill at the heart of a corruption case. Now opponents of the law say it will be even harder to avoid new charges on everyone's electric bills from taking place.
Because it takes 90 days for a bill to go into effect, lawmakers needed to pass a repeal of HB6 by October 1 if they wanted to stop new subsidies created to bailout nuclear power plants and subsidize coal and solar.
Federal prosecutors say the bill was supported through a racketeering scheme.
Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) says the bill must repealed in order to restore public trust.
"Because HB6 was created through the largest bribery scandal in the state of Ohio, we need to send a message loud and clear that these people will not get their ill-gotten gains," says Leland.
Those news charges can still be avoided, but would need to pass with a 2/3 majority in order to attach an emergency clause.
Supporters say the bill is still good policy despite the alleged process.