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2024-01-24 Lead Line Replacement HB 226 House Public Utilities Committee Maureen Willis
2024-01-24 Implementation Of Community Solar Program HB 197 House Public Utilities Committee Maureen Willis
2024-01-23 Repeal Electric Security Plans SB 143 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Maureen Willis
2023-12-05 Changes to Utility Regulation and Ratemaking Sub SB 102 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Maureen Willis
2023-10-31 Authorize Certain Public Bodies to Meet Virtually HB 257 House Government Oversight Committee Angela O'Brien
2023-06-21 Allow Electric Energy Efficiency Programs and Charges to Consumers Sub HB 79 House Public Utilities Committee Dr. Daniel Duann
2023-06-20 Changes to Utility Regulation and Ratemaking SB 102 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Maureen Willis
2023-06-08 Testimony on House Bill 33 (Non-Budget Issues Harming Utility Consumers) HB 33 Senate Finance Committee Jeff Jacobson
2023-05-30 Testimony on House Bill 33 (Non-Budget Issues for Utility Consumers) HB 33 Senate Finance Committee Jeff Jacobson
2023-05-03 Allow Electric Energy Efficiency Programs and Charges to Consumers HB 79 House Public Utilities Committee Nicholas Stallard
2023-05-02 Budget Bill - Agency Budget and Other Consumer Issues HB 33 Senate General Government Budget Committee Bruce Weston
2023-04-20 Budget Bill - Other Consumer Issues HB 33 House Finance Committee Maureen Willis
2023-03-09 Agency Budget HB 33 House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources Bruce Weston
2022-12-13 Charging Natural Gas Consumers to Subsidize Infrastructure Development HB 685 House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-12-06 Allows Subsidies of Utilities for Electric Vehicle Charging, at Consumer Expense SB 307 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-12-06 Charges to Consumers for Water Utility Ratemaking HB 364 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Mike Haugh
2022-11-29 Allows Subsidies of Utilities for Electric Vehicle Charging, at Consumer Expense SB 307 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Mike Haugh
2022-11-15 Replaces Electric Security Plans with Competitive Power Plans Sub HB 317 House Public Utilities Committee Mike Haugh
2022-05-31 Replaces Electric Security Plans with Competitive Power Plans Sub HB 317 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-05-31 Affects Consumers' Basic Phone Service (Amendment 3127) - Joint Testimony Sub HB 430 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson et al.
2022-05-17 Allows Subsidies of Utilities for Electric Vehicle Charging, at Consumer Expense SB 307 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Mike Haugh
2022-04-06 Replaces Electric Security Plans with Competitive Power Plans Sub HB 317 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-03-30 Charges to Consumers for Water Utility Ratemaking HB 364 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-03-02 Replaces Electric Security Plans with Competitive Power Plans Sub HB 317 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2022-03-02 Allows Development of Community Solar Projects Sub HB 450 House Public Utilities Committee Mike Haugh
2021-12-09 Reduction of State Agency Regulations SB 9 House Government Oversight Committee Bruce Weston
2021-11-17 Allow Electric Energy Efficiency Programs and Charges to Consumers Sub HB 389 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-10-13 Allow Electric Energy Efficiency Programs and Charges to Consumers HB 389 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-09-29 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 (Coal Plant Bailout for AEP, Duke, DP&L) HB 351 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-09-14 Repeal of Solar Subsidies from House Bill 6 SB 118 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Larry Sauer
2021-05-26 Refunds of Improper Charges to Utility Consumers HB 260 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-05-18 Agency Budget Sub HB 110 Senate Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2021-05-12 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 (Coal Plant Bailout for AEP, Duke, DP&L) SB 117 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-05-05 Printed Phone Directories Sub HB 110 Senate General Government Budget Committee Larry Sauer et al.
2021-04-27 Agency Budget Sub HB 110 Senate General Government Budget Committee Bruce Weston
2021-04-15 Agency Budget Sub HB 110 House Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2021-03-02 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 HB 128 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2021-02-25 Agency Budget HB 110 House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources Bruce Weston
2021-02-23 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 SB 44 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2021-02-10 Reduction of State Agency Regulations SB 9 Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee Bruce Weston
2021-02-02 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 SB 10 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2020-12-16 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 HB 798 House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight Bruce Weston
2020-12-09 Partial Repeal of House Bill 6 HB 772 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2020-12-03 Partial Repeals of House Bill 6 and House Bill 166 HB 798 House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight Jeff Jacobson
2020-11-10 Repeal of House Bill 6 SB 346 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2020-09-23 Repeal of House Bill 6 HB 738 & HB 746 House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight Jeff Jacobson
2020-06-30 Possible Amendment on Water Utility Ratemaking HB 264 House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight Jeff Jacobson
2020-01-28 Testimony on Electric Reliability in Ohio Energy Reliability in Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2019-12-10 Protect Consumers from Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing SCR 6 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2019-12-09 Add Rules for OAQDA to Review the PUCO's Audit of HB 6 Charges to Consumers OAC Chapter 3706-4 (Not Final) Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review Jeff Jacobson
2019-11-20 Protect Consumers from Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing HCR 12 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2019-11-12 (Submetering) Regulate certain resellers of utility service SB 86 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2019-10-23 Retail Electric Service HB 247 House Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2019-06-29 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2019-06-27 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2019-06-19 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2019-06-17 Budget Bill - FirstEnergy Profit/Customer Charges Sub. HB 166 Senate Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2019-05-23 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Michael Haugh
2019-05-23 Budget Bill - FirstEnergy Profit/Customer Charges Sub. HB 166 Senate Finance Committee Jeff Jacobson
2019-05-22 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Michael Haugh
2019-05-08 Subsidies for Power Plants Sub. HB 6 House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Michael Haugh
2019-05-07 Budget Bill - FirstEnergy Profit/Customer Charges Sub. HB 166 House Finance Committee Jeff Jacobson
2019-05-01 Agency Budget HB 166 Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee Bruce Weston
2019-04-24 Subsidies for Power Plants HB 6 House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation Michael Haugh
2019-04-02 Agency Budget HB 166 House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources Bruce Weston
2019-03-05 Reduction of State Agency Regulations SB 1 Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee Jeff Jacobson
2018-12-04 Consumer Protection ‎from Fraud by Telemarketers Using False Caller ID Information HB 597 House Criminal Justice Terry Etter
2018-11-29 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service - Joint Testimony Sub. HB 402 House Public Utilities Committee Terry Etter et al.
2018-11-14 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service - Joint Testimony SB 290 Senate Judiciary Committee Terry Etter
2018-06-26 Consumer Protections Related to Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services SB 157 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2018-06-20 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards HB 114 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Christopher Healey
2018-06-07 Changes to Ratemaking Law that Can Increase Water Utility Consumers’ Bills HB 422 Senate Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2018-06-06 Reduction of State Agency Regulations SB 293 Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Jeff Jacobson
2018-04-10 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service — Joint Testimony Sub. HB 402 House Public Utilities Committee Terry Etter et al.
2018-02-20 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service Sub. HB 402 House Public Utilities Committee Terry Etter
2018-01-30 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service HB 402 House Public Utilities Committee Terry Etter
2018-01-23 Consumer Protections Bill HB 247 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2018-01-23 Changes to Ratemaking Law that can Affect Water Utility Consumers’ Bills HB 422 House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Daniel Shields
2018-01-18 Consumer Protections Related to Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services SB 157 Senate Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2018-01-10 Subsidies for Power Plants SB 155 Senate Public Utilities Committee Daniel Shields
2018-01-10 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards HB 114 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Colleen Shutrump
2017-11-14 Invited Presentation on the Agency's role for Consumer Protection and Electric Regulation House Public Utilities Committee House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2017-10-24 Subsidies for Nuclear Power Plants SB 128 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2017-10-18 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards HB 114 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Christopher Healey
2017-10-17 Consumer Protections Related to Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services — Joint Testimony HB 249 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson et al.
2017-10-12 Subsidies for Power Plants SB 155 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2017-06-22 Consumer Protections Related to Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services SB 157 Senate Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2017-06-08 Subsidies for Power Plants SB 155 Senate Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2017-06-06 Subsidies for Power Plants HB 239 House Public Utilities Committee Michael Haugh
2017-06-01 Subsidies for Nuclear Power Plants SB 128 Senate Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2017-05-23 State Budget - Lifeline Assistance for Low-Income Telephone Consumers — Joint Testimony Sub. HB 49 Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review James Williams et al.
2017-05-23 Agency Budget Sub. HB 49 Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review Bruce Weston
2017-05-09 Subsidies for Nuclear Power Plants HB 178 House Public Utilities Committee Jeff Jacobson
2017-03-30 State Budget - Lifeline Assistance for Low-Income Telephone Consumers — Joint Testimony HB 49 House Finance Committee James Williams et al.
2017-03-22 Transportation Budget - Gas Utility Subsidy Charges HB 26 Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Jeff Jacobson
2017-03-21 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards HB 114 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2017-03-16 Hearing on Submetering and Reselling N/A Columbus City Council Public Utilities Committee Andrew Garver
2017-03-14 Invited Presentation on the Agency's role for Consumers N/A House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2017-02-16 Agency Budget HB 49 House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources Bruce Weston
2016-12-08 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards HB 554 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Bruce Weston
2016-11-30 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards Sub. HB 554 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2016-11-22 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Peak Demand Reduction Standards Sub. SB 320 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Bruce Weston
2015-06-01 Energy Efficiency Standards, etc. Link to Report Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee Bruce Weston
2015-05-06 Invited Presentation on the Agency's role for Consumers N/A House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2015-05-05 Agency Budget and Basic Telephone Service for Consumers Am. Sub. HB 64 Senate Finance Committee, Workforce Subcommittee Bruce Weston
2015-03-04 Agency Budget and Basic Telephone Service for Consumers HB 64 House Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources Bruce Weston
2014-12-17 Consumer Protections Related to Master-Metering, Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services Am. HB 662 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2014-12-04 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service Am. Sub. HB 490 Senate Agriculture Committee Bruce Weston
2014-12-02 Consumer Protections Related to Master-Metering, Submetering and Reselling of Public Utility Services HB 662 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2014-11-14 Ohioans' Basic Telephone Service HB 490 House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Bruce Weston
2014-05-20 Energy Efficiency Standards Etc. Am. Sub. SB 310 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2014-04-30 Energy Efficiency Standards Etc. SB 310 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2014-04-08 Consumer Protections for Reselling of Public Utility Services HB 483 House Finance and Appropriations Committee Bruce Weston
2014-04-02 Cost of Manufactured Gas Plant Clean-up HB 483 House Finance and Appropriations Committee Bruce Weston
2013-10-15 Affordable, Reliable Electric Service N/A House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee Bruce Weston
2013-10-09 Energy Efficiency Standards Etc. Sub. SB 58 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2013-05-31 Preserving Affordable Basic Telephone Service Am. Sub. HB 59 Senate Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2013-05-28 Cost of Manufactured Gas Plant Clean-up Am. Sub. HB 59 Senate Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2013-04-30 OCC Budget Am. Sub. HB 59 Senate Finance Committee, General Government Finance Subcommittee Bruce Weston
2013-04-09 Energy Efficiency Standards Etc. SB 58 Senate Public Utilities Committee Wilson Gonzalez
2013-04-03 Review of SB 162 (Telecom Deregulation) SB 162 Select Committee on Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Amy Kurt
2013-02-28 OCC Budget HB 59 House Finance and Appropriations Committee, Agriculture and Development Subcommittee Bruce Weston
2012-05-21 Energy Industry Sub. SB 315 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2012-05-08 Natural Gas Regulation Am. Sub. HB 487 Senate Finance Committee Bruce Weston
2012-04-25 Energy Industry SB 315 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Wilson Gonzalez
2012-03-14 Water and sewer utilities rates and regulations HB 379 House Public Utilities Committee Amy Kurt
2012-01-25 Telecommunications Carrier-of-Last-Resort SB 271 Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2011-12-07 Electric Service N/A House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2011-11-30 Electric Securitization HB 364 House Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston
2011-11-30 Electric Securitization SB 248 Senate Public Utilities Committee Bruce Weston