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Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:47 AM

Gov. Mike DeWine calls for repeal of House Bill 6, reversing his position from the day before

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. Mike DeWine reversed himself and called for the repeal of the House Bill 6 on Thursday, saying Speaker Larry Householder’s alleged bribery scheme “forever tainted” the $1.3 billion nuclear bailout law.

DeWine, who signed HB6 a year ago Thursday, reiterated that he supports the policy laid out in the bailout, saying it’s needed to preserve jobs at the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants and keep carbon-free sources of energy.

“While the policy in my opinion is good, the process by which it was created stinks. It’s terrible, it’s not acceptable,” DeWine said during his televised coronavirus briefing.

The governor’s announcement marks a reversal from just the day before, when he stood by HB6 despite the federal charges against Householder and four allies regarding their acceptance of more than $60 million from FirstEnergy Corp. to get HB6 passed and thwart an anti-HB6 referendum effort.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/07/gov-mike-dewine-calls-for-repeal-of-house-bill-6.html

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