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FirstEnergy Customers Could Get Refunds Under Proposed House Bill 6 Settlement: Capitol Letter

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Repayment ? FirstEnergy customers could share $49 million in a settlement proposed by FirstEnergy and Energy Harbor to resolve four scandal-tainted House Bill 6 lawsuits. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, the proposed settlement still needs to be approved by a federal judge.

Strong language: The Ohio polling station has approved the wording of two constitutional amendments that are expected to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. Issue 1 would require judges to consider public safety when setting cash bail. Currently, public safety is considered for non-monetary bail conditions, such as curfews, ankle tracking devices, and denial of bail. Number 2 would ban non-citizens from voting. Opponents of the questions say they are deciding whether or not to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to review the language, Laura Hancock reports.

Independent Effort: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections split Monday on whether state Rep. Shayla Davis, who took office as a Democrat, can run in the Nov. 8 ballot as an independent candidate for Ohio House District 18, writes Pelzer. Under state law, it is now up to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose to break the tie, although the county board of elections chairman has suggested the case could end up in court.

Mr. Bibb visits Washington: The mayors of Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Youngstown will join local leaders from across Ohio at the White House on September 7 to launch a new White House initiative aimed at showing how President Joe Biden’s policies benefit to communities across the country, reports Sabrina Eaton. Amid efforts by Republicans to blame Democrats for inflation, the White House plans to bring local elected officials and community leaders from all 50 states and Puerto Rico to Washington, D.C., for separate half-a-day forums. day to highlight how the initiatives of the Biden administration have helped their Regions.

Orange cones in front: The Ohio Turnpike Commission is removing seven toll gates along the route to allow E-ZPass customers to drive without stopping. The work is part of the largest construction project the turnpike has seen since its completion in 1955, reports Olivia Mitchell.

California love: A liberal Super PAC that spent $2.9 million on attack ads targeting Republican JD Vance in Ohio has revealed a few new donors. Future Forward PAC most recent financial report, filed with the U.S. Federal Election Commission on Friday, shows he got $2 million from the Way to Wind Action Fund, a Los Angeles-area-based black-money liberal group that doesn’t have to disclose its donors. He also got $500,000 from Jeffrey Lawson, CEO of Twilio, a San Francisco tech company, and his wife, Erica Lawson, a San Francisco doctor. A spokesperson for the Twilio company declined to comment.

Misconduct charges: The Ohio Disciplinary Board, which is investigating allegations of attorney misconduct, filed a lawsuit against Mark Bennett, who had served as an assistant federal prosecutor in Cleveland and Akron, alleging he sexually harassed an intern. The complaint alleges Bennett harassed the intern from 2017 to 2019. The Ohio Supreme Court will ultimately decide on any potential disciplinary action, Adam Ferrise reports.

Thin line : Two Republicans are sponsoring a bill that would prevent homeowners and homeowners associations from banning thin blue line American flags, after an HOA near Columbus forced the father of a deceased police officer to remove his. Anna Staver reports from The Dispatch that the flag was banned in other parts of the country because it became associated with white supremacy.

In stream: Democrat Tanya Conrath’s candidacy for Ohio House District 94 remains in motion after Republicans on the Athens County Board of Elections failed to show up for a Monday meeting. The council was to discuss sending a request to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who must decide whether it should be on the November 8 ballots. Conrath, who would challenge Republican Nelsonville State Rep. Jay Edwards, is trying to get elected after another Democrat drops out of the race, reports Allan Brown of Athens Messenger.

Rehired: The Ohio State University has rehired sociology professor Angela Bryant at its Newark campus, where she served and taught for a decade until her resignation in a secular message nearly two years ago. Bryant said she had a manic episode and ended up in the hospital shortly after, 5 Morgan Trau reports from Cleveland.

Total bans: Allen County — where Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate Speaker Matt Huffman live — has banned large-scale solar and wind projects in unincorporated areas. Last year, the legislature passed a law giving local governments the power to ban such projects. County commissioners in at least nine other rural counties have also banned wind and solar projects, which could halt renewable energy development, Reporting by Jake Zuckerman of the Ohio Capital Journal.

Full disclosure

Five things we learned from State Representative Kevin Miller’s March 28 financial disclosure statement. The Republican from Newark, outside of Columbus, is running for re-election in House District 69, where Democrat Charlotte Owens is challenging him.

1. Last year he worked as a police officer, received rental income and made money by rehabilitating and selling real estate.

2. He is a partner at T&K Solutions LLC.

3. He has investments with Ohio Deferred Compensation, the State Highway Patrol Retirement Fund and the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

4. Last year, his campaign fund owed him over $1,000.

5. The Ohio House reimbursed him $575.34 for the mileage between Columbus and his home.

Moving

Charlotte Hickox joined the Toy Association as Director of State Government Affairs. She will be based in Ohio, but will cover the Eastern, Southeastern and Midwestern states.

Birthdays

Kyle Miller, Legislative Assistant to State Representative Adam Holmes

Adam Schwiebert, political analyst for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio

Tom Stickrath, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety

State Representative Nino Vitale

Straight from the source

“Columbus City Schools have reached a new low. After everything children have endured over the past three years, from school lockdowns under the guise of ‘safety protocols’ to submission to failing educational standards, schools have been expelling children again, just days before they show up. to classify.”

-Aaron Baer, ​​president of the Center for Christian Virtue, a conservative Christian political organization that is using the teachers’ strike in Columbus as an opportunity to promote a General Assembly bill that would expand the vouchers across the state. Columbus students are learning remotely with substitute teachers, as their normal teachers protest picket lines for a new contract. The Christian organization announced on Tuesday that it had purchased billboards across the city to promote the vouchers and the bill.

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