Accountability for HB 6
Before Gov. DeWine signed HB 6, we were able to connect thousands of constituents’ voices to the legislature. We were strategic, adaptable, and worked with many allies to make sure Ohioans were represented accurately. In the end, the vote came close. Some of the legislators chose to listen to their constituents and some decided to represent their corporate donors.
No matter the vote, we’ve held these people accountable:
484 supporters have made phone calls to Governor DeWine condemning his support for HB 6
860 supporters have sent letters and drawings detailing their disappointment in the Governor’s support for HB 6
474 thank you letters have been sent to legislators who voted NO
Our Work to Fix the Wind Setbacks Rule
In the 2014 Ohio Budget Bill, the Ohio Legislature passed an amendment that strictly limits the amount of space that wind turbines could be built on, making it nearly impossible to for any utility scale wind projects to come to Ohio. Since then, not one wind farm has been approved in the state, and previously approved projects have been cancelled.
Ohioans know that this setback rule is unprecedented across the country, and that the decision was not based on scientific grounds. They want wind energy in Ohio for a variety of reasons, and Ohio Citizen Action has brought together:
3,227 Ohioans to write letters and drawings depicting their support for wind energy in Ohio; and
2,518 Ohioans who made phone calls to urge state legislators to support fixing the wind setback laws.
The Good News on Our HB6 Campaign
Despite well-funded opposition, early and enthusiastic support of the DeWine administration and a dedicated public misinformation campaign, we and our allies got the truth about this bill out to the media and the public and we kept it from being the "slam dunk" it was intended to be.
We created a new consumer voice in the Ohio Consumer Power Alliance and used our expertise in grassroots outreach and organizing to engage:
6,502 supporters who made phone calls to legislators supporting opposition HB 6; and
4,224 supporters who drafted handwritten letters and drawings we sent to lawmakers and the governor.
Every major daily Ohio newspaper printed opposition editorials. Thousands of Ohioans spoke out through website and blog posts, tweets, comments and videos on social media. Activists participated in public protests in Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Medina.
A statewide referendum to overturn House Bill 6 has the potential to continue, and its fate currently lays in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court.