Nuclear Bailout Repeal Moves Slowly

Sep 3, 2020

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to repeal and replace HB 6, the nuclear power plant bailout law, amid the bribery scandal involving former House Speaker Larry Householder. Mike Hartley, executive director for The Coalition to Restore Public Trust, joins the show.

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In this week's episode:

Repeal And Replace

The Coalition to Restore Public Trust, a group of energy producers and green energy supporters, released ads this week urging lawmakers to repeal the sweeping energy law, which bailed out two nuclear power plants as well as two coal plants. 

Former Ohio House Speaker and current state Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who led the effort to pass the legislation, is now accused of federal bribery and racketeering charges along with four associates. He pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

This week, new House Speaker Robert Cupp formed a committee to look at repealing and replacing the bailout law, but stressed the process should not be hasty. The committee is split between Republicans and Democrats, and also split between original supporters and opponents of the bill.

But that's not enough for some lawmakers who want an immediate repeal. House Minority leader Emilia Sykes said Democrats will do what they can to make that happen.

Snollygoster Of The Week: Larry Householder

Despite being under federal indictment and the alleged leader of a nearly $61 million bribery scheme to get the nuclear bailout passed, Householder returned to the House floor this week–almost as if the accusations are a minor inconvenience for him and his fellow Ohio lawmakers.

Householder insisted said he’s done nothing wrong and plans to stay in the November race to keep his seat.

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