COLUMBUS -- "Now it’s October. But HB 6 is still Ohio law, thanks to inaction by the Republican-run Ohio House of Representatives. That’s the House once led by Republican Larry Householder, a Republican from Perry County’s Glenford. In July, a federal grand jury indicted Householder and four others on federal racketeering charges, alleging that a $60 million “money laundering scheme” helped pass HB 6. (Householder and the others are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.)
The Ohio House’s Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight has been talking about repealing HB 6. And talking. And talking more. Now, though, the panel’s gone home, probably till after Nov. 3′s general election.
Ohio electricity consumers must wonder why the legislature hasn’t already repealed HB 6, given how prosecutor DeVillers described the alleged $60 million scheme to pass the bill: '[It] was bribery, plain and simple. This was a quid pro quo. This was pay to play.'"
-- Thomas Suddes, opinion, cleveland.com