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Governor Threatens to Veto Energy Bill

Gov. Ted Strickland says he would veto the Ohio House's energy plan if it passes the Legislature in current form.

Strickland spelled out his concerns Friday in a news release. He says the plan spearheaded by House Speaker Jon Husted would not protect consumers against unwarranted or unjust electricity rate hikes. He also says it would allow FirstEnergy Corp. to immediately go to an unregulated market, putting customers in northern Ohio at risk of large rate increases.

Strickland also has other concerns, but praises parts of the plan that would set requirements for renewable energy.

Husted released the energy plan Thursday after months of hearings in the House. The Senate has already passed a version of the bill. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.