COLUMBUS— Ohio State Representative Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) issued a statement today following reports of FBI agents executing a search warrant at the home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chairman Sam Randazzo yesterday morning. PUCO regulates Ohio utilities and was currently auditing FirstEnergy Corp, the company at the center of the House Bill (HB 6) controversy that led to a nearly $1 billion bailout.


“Two months ago to the day, PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo refused to answer my questions about a conflict of interest in HB 6 when he appeared before the Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight. Now we know why.


The culture of corruption that has long flourished under unified Republican control in Columbus must come to an end to restore faith in our government. That means no more games in repealing HB 6.


A majority of the Ohio House of Representatives has already signed on to legislation that would do just that. Let us show that we mean it.”

 
 
 
  
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Leader Sykes Calls On DeWine To Veto Bill She Says "puts All Ohioans In Danger"

 

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), today sent a letter calling on Governor Mike DeWine to veto Senate Bill (SB) 311, legislation Democrats say will slow the state’s coronavirus response, ultimately leading to more deaths and further destabilizing Ohio’s economy. Statehouse Republicans fast tracked SB 311 last week, voting along party lines to pass the controversial bill that would strip executive power from the state’s Health Director during public health crises. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature. 



 
 

Franklin Co. House Dems React To Passage Of SB 311 As County Reaches "Purple" Designation

 

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Rep. Kelly Calls GOP Bill To Strip Power From Health Director A "dangerous Fantasy" That Will Lead To More Deaths, Further Destabilize Economy

 

Ranking Democrat Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement as the House State and Local Government Committee voted to fast track Senate Bill (SB) 311, which would curb executive authority from the state health director to issue orders during public health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.