Take Action - Help repeal HB6 before the election
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp has appointed the members to a newly created House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight that will consider repealing HB6. Every member of this committee needs to hear from you. Twelve of the fifteen committee members have received FirstEnergy donations during their political careers. The committee also includes two reps who received Householder money in 2018: Plummer ($10,000) and Baldridge ($25,414).
The new Speaker of the House, Bob Cupp, has a lot to prove. His first act as Speaker should have been to call for an immediate and clean repeal of HB 6 - nothing less is acceptable. He must show Ohioans that he is not simply Householder 2.0. Read our full statement on the selection of Bob Cupp as Speaker of the House.
We need to demand immediate action from the newly-appointed House Speaker. Urge him to call the House back into session to repeal HB 6 before the election: (614) 466-9624. If you have trouble reaching him at his office, please call the Ohio House switchboard at 1-800-282-0253.
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 Citizen Action calls on the Ohio General Assembly to immediately repeal this corrupt law, and for Governor DeWine to support its rollback.
Please print, sign and share
Help us spread the word. Print this flyer to make your own sign about why you want HB6 repealed. Then take a pic with you holding the sign, and share on your social media channels with the hashtag #RepealHB6. Urge others to do the same, and speak their minds using the downloadable sign at this link: https://www.ohiocitizen.org/iwant2reapealhb6
This corruption at the statehouse invalidates the legislature’s vote on the bailout.
Government accountability is a big part of our mission at Ohio Citizen Action. We always put legislation through the "smell test" and HB 6 stank all the way through:
- initially sold as a "clean air bill", it forces Ohioans to bail out two coal plants, one of which is in Indiana
- Householder predicted the bill would pass in mere weeks, but organized opposition from Ohio Citizen Action 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.
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: