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PUCO Chair Testifies On Possible Repeal Of Nuclear Plant Bailout Law

Sep 17, 2020

Sam Randazzo
Credit puco.ohio.gov

The Ohio House committee holding hearings on a potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout law heard testimony from the leader of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, who was accused of having a conflict of interest in the case. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

Sam Randazzo doesn’t take a position on a repeal of the bailout. But he said before becoming chair of the PUCO he never represented as a lawyer or lobbyist a utility that's regulated by the commission.  

 

But Democratic Representative Casey Weinstein pointed to public records showing Randazzo ownership of a creditor for the former FirstEnergy subsidiary that was called FirstEnergy Solutions, Weinstein clams Randazzo has "personal skin in the game." 

 

Weinstein: "I don't have any other questions because I don't want to give him an opportunity to shill for his former bosses anymore and I think Ohioans are sick of it." (gavel bangs)  

 

FirstEnergy is accused of playing a role in an alleged bribery scheme that helped HB6 become law.