Opponents hoping to overturn a bailout of Ohio's nuclear and coal-fired plants have cleared an initial hurdle to put the issue before voters next year.
The Ohio attorney general certified Thursday that revised language submitted by Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is a fair, truthful summary of the proposal. That means supporters can start collecting signatures for the referendum to proceed. Lawmakers approved the 1.5 billion dollar bailout bill last month. It adds a new fee for every electricity bill in the state and scales back renewable energy requirements. Supporters say it saves jobs and protects nuclear plants that account for nearly all of Ohio's clean energy. Opponents criticize it as a bailout.