Ohio lawmakers do nothing on scandal-tainted House Bill 6
Cooling towers at the Perry nuclear plant.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – "After a federal bribery investigation ousted a former House leader, Ohio lawmakers did nothing to repeal or delay the $1 billion nuclear plant bailout at the heart of the alleged pay-to-play scheme.
Caught between lawmakers who wanted to do more to curb the nuclear subsidies and those who wanted to bail out the plants, Ohio's GOP-controlled House couldn't cobble together the votes needed for a change.
'The substance of House Bill 6, not the criminal proceedings, are complex issues on which there’s a wide range of opinion in the legislature,' said House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima. 'The diversity of views on what is good and appropriate public policy I think has forestalled a consensus on what should be done.'"
–Jessie Balmert, The Cincinnati Enquirer