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The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Associated Press
The entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

An Ohio group opposed to the recent nuclear bailout gave up its legal fight last week over a law that sticks ratepayers with the bill for two nuclear power plants.

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts hoped to revive its campaign to get a referendum issue on the ballot for voters to decide, after an earlier effort stalled due to petition glitches. Their withdrawal ends one of the most divisive and expensive ballot challenges in Ohio history.

The law took effect October 21, although the 85-cent monthly charge on most Ohioans’ electric bills — expected to generate $1 billion over seven years to subsidize the nuclear plants — will not begin until 2021.

Today on All Sides: Our Weekly Reporter Roundtable panel talks about the abrupt end to the House Bill 6 opposition and other legislative matters.

Guests:

  • Catherine Candisky, covers state government and politics, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Andy Chow, reporter, Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau
  • Julie Carr Smyth, Statehouse reporter, Associated Press

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