Bad news: Ohio House Passes SB 310 53-38; Worse News: Gov. Kasich says he intends to sign SB 310

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A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich said he intends to sign Senate Bill 310, which freezes Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years so lawmakers can study their merits.

Gov. John Kasich intends to sign two-year freeze on renewable energy, energy efficiency standards

By Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group 
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on May 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM, updated May 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. John Kasich intends to sign a two-year freeze of Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates, an administration spokesman said Wednesday.

The freeze, which passed final legislative votes on Wednesday afternoon, will give lawmakers time to study the mandates, which critics said are unachievable, raise Ohioans’ electric bills, and intrude on the free market.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols, in a statement, said Senate Bill 310 is a "balanced" way to support renewable energy while helping Ohio's economic recovery.

"Ohio needs more renewable and alternative energy sources and it needs a strong system to support them as they get started," Nichols said. "It's naïve, however, to think that government could create that system perfectly the first time and never have to check back to see if everything's ok."

SB 310 is "a solid plan to examine the progress Ohio has made while also holding onto that progress," Nichols continued.

"It's not what everyone wanted, which probably means we came down at the right spot."


For a listing of who spoke on the bill during the House debate see my tweets at

From other earlier news sources:

 The Ohio House passed SB 310 with a final vote of 53-38. Democrats Sandra Williams & Stephen Slesnick voted YES; Republicans Brown, Burkley, Duffey, McGregor, Pelanda, and Romanchuk voted NO. The Senate has concurred with the House & the bill now goes to Governor Kasich for final consideration.

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