HB6 - Energy Bill

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

Opponents of the energy bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants say the latest plea deals in a corruption case sends a strong message that the bill should be repealed.

Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy Corp CEO, after testifying before a Senate committee in May 2017.
Andy Chow

The FirstEnergy Board of Directors has fired its CEO Chuck Jones after an internal investigation into the ongoing federal racketeering case. The announcement came just hours after two defendants in that case entered a plea agreement in court saying they're guilty of the accusations.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

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.

Opponents of HB6, Ohio's sweeping energy law, gathered for an official virtual hearing to make their voice heard. That includes one of the whistleblowers who went to the FBI to report potential corruption which played a role a federal racketeering case.

Kyger Creek OVEC coal plant in Gallia County
Andy Chow

A consumer advocacy group is filing a complaint with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, calling on the state regulators to allow for a possible refund on electric bills. The motion has to do with a new charge customers pay to subsidize coal plans through House Bill 6.

Dave Yost
Andy Chow

A Franklin County judge has ruled against Attorney General Dave Yost's (R-Ohio) request to stop FirstEnergy, former House Speaker Larry Householder, and others defendants accused in a bribery scheme from donating money to political campaigns.  

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

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.

Andy Chow

A coalition of environmental advocates are uniting to support an issue that will appear on the ballot for Columbus voters. They say the clean energy initiative for the city of Columbus represents a larger trend across Ohio.

Andy Chow

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.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Karen Kasler

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 investigation.

Sedrick Denson
The Ohio Channel

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.

Laura Lanese
The Ohio Channel

Lawmakers are discussing the potential repeal of a sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. HB6 is at the center of a federal racketeering investigation. The legislation does several other things that are up to debate, including a utility policy term known as "decoupling."

Andy Chow

The Ohio House committee holding meetings on a potential repeal of HB6, a sweeping energy law, heard testimony from the leader of Ohio's utility regulatory commission. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair was accused of having his own conflict of interest when it comes to the bailout. 

Andy Chow

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.

Laura Lanese
The Ohio Channel

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 $61 million corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

Andy Chow

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 final cost would be on electric bills.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) walks out of the federal courthouse in Columbus, after making an initial appearance by video. He was arrested Tuesday, as were former Ohio GOP Chair Matt Borges, Householder's advisor and two lobbyists.
Andy Chow

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.

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

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.

House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima)
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House and Senate both addressed the potential repeal of the nuclear power plant bailout in different ways at the Statehouse on Tuesday. As Democrats call for a quick repeal, Republicans move ahead with a different approach.

Andy Chow

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.

Dave Yost
Andy Chow

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.

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is congratulated after his election as Speaker of the Ohio House in January 2019.
Andy Chow

With a vote set to remove House Speaker Larry Householder tomorrow morning and just two candidates in the race to replace him, there’s apparently a disagreement among Republicans on how that can happen.

Andy Chow

As the calls for a repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout grow louder, there are legislators who are standing by the law that made sweeping changes to Ohio's energy policy. One vocal supporter says the bailout is still what's best for Ohioans. 

Andy Chow

FirstEnergy held an earnings call Friday, just days after federal agents subpoenaed the company as part of a racketeering investigation. The allegations say millions of dollars went into a dark money organization that ended up benefitting House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

Andy Chow

State lawmakers are quickly putting a proposal together that would repeal the energy laws created through House Bill 6. It’s a sweeping energy bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants along with making other big changes. However, the bill is now at the center of a federal racketeering investigation.

House Speaker Larry Householder draws up the details of his plan to overhaul energy policy in Ohio.
Andy Chow

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has been arrested in connection to a $61 million public corruption racketeering conspiracy case. He and four other defendants are alleged to have been critical players in the push to pass a controversial piece of legislation that upended the state's energy policy.

Andy Chow

The company that runs Ohio's two nuclear power plants is increasing its stock buyback from $500 million to $800 million, less than a year after lawmakers approved a bailout for those power plants. This has critics questioning the company's financial situation.

Andy Chow

The group that was fighting to overturn Ohio's nuclear power plant bailout has dropped its case in court which means the plan for additional fees on electric bills to subsidize nuclear and coal will carry forward.

The Ohio Supreme Court is likely to hear the case filed by Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts in the first few months of 2020.
Daniel Konik

The battle over the energy law that starts providing subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants in 2021 may not be over.

Dan Konik

21 bills were signed into law in Ohio in 2019, including the new $69-billion two-year budget, a controversial energy bill that reduced or eliminated clean energy standards and an abortion bill that was put on hold by a federal court before it could take effect.

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