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Columbus, Cincinnati Suing To Block Rate Hike In Nuclear Power Plant Bailout Law

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The Cities of Columbus and Cincinnati are suing to block the state's nuclear  power plant bailout law at the center of a 60 million federal bribery probe from taking effect January 1st. 

They cite the need to save consumers from higher bills the tainted legislation would impose. The suit claims the charge is an unconstitutional tax. Last year, opponents of the law argued the charge is not a tax when they attempted to put a repeal on the ballot. The cities are suing the state treasurer, the Public Utilities Commission Of Ohio chair and Akron-based FirstEnergy, the company behind  the bribery scheme.  Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others have been indicted in the scandal. 

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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