Repeal HB6

Take Action - Help repeal HB6

Call Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, Senate President Matt Huffman and Governor Mike DeWine and tell them that repealing HB 6 must be a top priority.

Speaker Cupp: 614-466-9624
Senate President Huffman: 614-466-7584
Gov. DeWine: 614-644-4357 and 614-466-3555

In July, 2020, Ohioans learned that HB 6, dubbed "the worst energy bill of the 21st century," was passed as the result of an alleged $61 million racketeering scheme involving Ohio's former Speaker of the House, Larry Householder, and his close allies. Almost immediately, multiple bills were introduced to ensure a clean, immediate repeal of HB 6.

he newly appointed Speaker Bob Cupp formed the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight to reevaluate HB 6. Despite Speaker Cupp's promise for a "fresh start" with HB 6, the committee only slowed all meaningful repeal legislation. The committee moved slowly and shut out public input. Advocates eventually had to take matters into their own hands and host their own public hearings on HB 6 repeal. (Watch the recordings of public testimony here)

After the November elections, Rep. Jim Hoops, the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight introduced HB 798. Rather than repealing HB 6 in its entirety, as multiple bills already introduced would have done, HB 798 only delayed the nuclear bailout by one year. Basically, it was HB 6 all over again.

Faced with massive public opposition to HB 798 and multiple coronavirus cases that prevented representatives from coming to the statehouse, Rep. Hoops, Speaker Cupp, and other members of leadership were unable to wrangle up the necessary votes to pass HB 798. At the same time, thanks to a lawsuit put forward by the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus, a Franklin County Court Judge blocked the bailout fees from going into effect, for now.

As Ohio's General Assembly reconvenes, repealing HB 6 must be a top priority. Ohioans have waited long enough--we need a clean and immediate repeal of HB 6 without delay.

Call Speaker Cupp, Senate President Huffman, and Governor DeWine and tell them that repealing HB 6 must be a top priority. You can also email Gov. DeWine at repealhb6.com.

Speaker Cupp: 614-466-9624
Senate President Huffman: 614-466-7584
Gov. DeWine: 614-644-4357 and 614-466-3555

The only acceptable path forward is to immediately and completely repeal House Bill 6 (HB 6)

Passage of HB6 was bought and paid for to the tune of $60 million in payola and bribes --  and it still only passed by one vote.

It was one of the dirtiest campaigns we've ever seen, pushing an expensive, dirty energy bailout onto Ohio consumers. We're not surprised this particular bit of corporate welfare slid through by greasing palms.

Ohio taxpayers should not be saddled with this corrupt policy and the years of higher electric bills and pollution that come with it. Bribery and greed must not be rewarded. HB6 was a bad idea then, and it's a bad idea now.

Ohio Consumers Power Alliance calls on the Ohio General Assembly to immediately repeal this corrupt law, and for Governor DeWine to support its rollback.

This corruption at the statehouse invalidates the legislature’s vote on the bailout.

Government accountability is a big part of our mission at Ohio Consumers Power Alliance. We always put legislation through the "smell test" and HB 6 stank all the way through:

  • it was initially sold as a "clean air bill", but eventually bailed out two coal plants built before the Clean Air Act;
  • Householder initially predicted the bill would pass in mere weeks, but eventually organized opposition from OCPA and members like you was so great it passed by just one vote;
  • when the referendum effort to repeal the law gained momentum, it was killed by a combination of false, inflammatory and bigoted mail and ads, petition "blockers" and an unfairly short time to gather signatures.

To its backers, HB 6 was always about the money and we still don't know where the tens of millions of dollars spent to pass the bill came from. Now we learn of an alleged $60 million influence peddling scandal over the law, involving Householder, who now faces 20 years in prison. 

Ohio consumers should not be saddled with this expensive, dirty energy bailout and the years of higher electric bills and pollution that come with it.

Follow the money

If you want to get into the nitty gritty on exactly where Householder and FirstEnergy spent all that money, please check out this amazing interactive map that breaks it down by PAC and voting district. It was created by the Akron Beacon Journal and The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism:

Tracking all of FirstEnergy’s political contributions is difficult, but if you want to delve even deeper, journalist Emily Atkin has done an amazing amount of work to reveal how extensive their donations are to both parties across many states.

The "Company A" piggy bank

A Talking Points Memo article explains how "Over and over, bank records show Company A allegedly wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Generation Now, as well as pass-through companies, at crucial moments — such as days before the November 2018 elections."

It looks like our campaign prop that we hauled across Ohio last year was more spot on than we could ever have imagined:

Also the news broke last week that "Company B" referenced in the FBI investigation is the now-bankrupt Ohio coal giant Murray Energy.

Multiple bills have been introduced into the legislature to repeal HB6, and we will keep you informed as we find out more about each piece of legislation.

We look forward to working with Ohio's policy leaders to make this right for the state of Ohio by immediately and completely repealing HB 6

How did your legislator vote on HB6?

If you have any information regarding the Householder/FirstEnergy case, please call the

FBI Public Corruption Tip Line (614) 849-1777

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