Ohio Governor DeWine said he’s having a hard time wrapping his mind around the indictment of Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder. “Since speaker Householder’s arrest, I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’m struggling to process everything.”
One thing DeWine is sure about, Speaker Householder needs to go. He called for Householder to resign. “To my friends in the Ohio House, it’s very very important for you to be very engaged in thinking about who the next Speaker should be. I know that this is a process. It is clear that Speaker Householder can no longer function as Speaker with these very, very serious charges from the U.S. Attorney and the FBI. I urge my friends in the legislature to very vigorously look at this.”
Another thing DeWine is absolutely sure about is that House Bill 6, which bailed out nuclear energy providers in Ohio, must be repealed
The Process Stinks
DeWine issued this plea to the General Assembly. “I want to also talk about nuclear energy policy in Ohio. Reasonable people can disagree about what that policy should be. I think our energy policy in Ohio should include nuclear energy. What’s really at stake is the ability for Ohio to remain carbon-free energy.”
The indictments accused Householder of accepting money funneled through a phony non-profit to push for the passage of the legislation.
The Governor said he supported the ideas behind the policy, but the legislation cannot stand. “It’s also clear that no matter how good this policy is, the process by which this bill was passed has forever stained the bill and now the law. While the policy in my opinion is good, the process by which it was created stinks.”
DeWine called on the Ohio General Assembly to repeal and replace House Bill 6.
Preserve Public Trust
DeWine made it clear he wanted to maintain Ohio’s nuclear power plants. “But it’s forever impossible for the public to have confidence in the policy without revisiting it. This is something that needs to happen in the open and it needs to happen quickly. Very quickly.”
Lt. Governor Jon Husted agreed. “No policy is bigger than public trust. There were plenty of good things in the bill. But the process undermines public trust. You can’t have a law on the books that was done in a way that the public can’t trust the process. ”
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