While everyone is distracted by SB5 and the protests it has sparked, Ohio’s Republican legislators are trying to sneak through a number of other bills that would similarly have a negative impact on Ohio’s working and middle class.

On of those bills is House Bill 95 which seeks to eliminate public-notice requirements for Ohio utility rate increases.

Lauren Worley summarized the bill nicely over at the examiner.com:

House Bill 95 would repeal public-notice requirements for applications for rate increases and public hearings on those applications. Ohio utilities will be able to increase consumer rates without going through the current approval process. While the elimination of the public comment period streamlines the current rate change process, without the public comment period, rate increases could occur without people knowing that there is potential for these increases to go into effect.

I’ve also been told that this bill could “allow natural gas companies to raise their rates based on anticipated cost increases for distribution… but if it didn’t actually end up costing the utilities that much, the consumers’ rates are adjusted.”

In other word: “consumers could end up paying for expenses the utility projected but never materialized.”

More proof Ohio’s Republicans are going to war against Ohio’s middle class.

 
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  • guest

    Thanks for the info will get on that also

  • Fail to see how that could be a drafting error since when you look at the bill analysis, the only thing it says is, “All utilities · Repeals public-notice requirements for applications for rate increases and public hearings on those applications.” And there are three sections cited, via two footnotes.

    That doesn’t look like a drafting error – hope there’s more to come on this.

  • More on this story…reaction from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and AARP Ohio.

  • Laurenbworley

    agreed Jillmz…my source says that it was a drafting error, and I will take them at their word. that said, I worked as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate for three and a half years, and the folks who work at LSC and draft the bills are incredibly thorough and talented individuals and would have made sure to know the intent of the sponsor. further, staff and legislators do get a copy of their bill back before introduction, and if the bill as drafted wasn’t what they wanted, they could clearly send it back over to lsc and have it redrafted.

    however, recognizing that a bill is always a work in progress, we’ll keep our eye on this as it progresses and make sure our right to know isn’t taken away. that’s my interest in writing on this.

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