Terra Goodnight · March 29, 2017
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The House Public Utilities Committee will vote on HB114, legislation to convert the state’s renewable energy and efficiency standards into voluntary goals. The bill would benefit the state’s electric utilities, and last week committee members heard from supporters from the coal and utility industry, as well as dozens of opponents including Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, the Ohio Environmental Council and Whirlpool. Read testimony from the March 21 hearing.
On Tuesday, the Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee will hear from the sponsors of SB91, legislation to provide universal healthcare coverage for all Ohio residents.
Next Wednesday, April 5, we are hosting a day of citizen training and lobbying which will feature an opportunity to testify on the state budget. If you’re interested in participating in lobby day, sign up with Progress Ohio. To volunteer to testify on the budget, sign up here and we’ll help guide you through the process and be with you on Wednesday.
After just two hearings and only one opportunity for public testimony, the Ohio House is rushing to pass HB114, legislation to roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards. The proposal represents the fifth attempt by opponents of renewable energy and efficiency standards to roll back the bipartisan 2008 legislation, the most recent of which was vetoed by Governor Kasich.
The legislation threatens not only our environment and climate, but also Ohio’s advanced energy industry. Some facts to consider:
Call your state representative today and urge them to oppose HB114.
If your representative is a member of the Public Utilities Committee, be sure to call before today’s 3pm hearing. All other Representatives need to hear from constituents before they vote in House Session, Thursday at 11am.