K-12: The speaker said he wants Ohio to adopt a simpler school funding system, he doesn't like charter school management companies being for-profit businesses, and he believes local districts should determine what school safety measures to take.
Power plants: Two Ohio nuclear power plants operated by First Energy Solutions are slated to close by 2020, unless they get funding from the state. Householder said nuclear energy benefits the entire state, not just customers who use it. "We generate a tremendous amount of zero emissions energy in this state and we got to decide whether we're willing to give that up or whether we're going to try to work to keep that energy source here," he said. "…I think we all benefit, from Cincinnati to Cleveland to Toledo to Ironton."
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Householder, who served as speaker 2001 to 2004, is pledging more transparency, bipartisanship and professionalism in the House, which he said has become “a bit of a circus.”
The House plans to hire a professional human resources officer, review the culture of the institution and implement changes, he said. “I will not tolerate the behavior that I have seen over the last couple of years in this building.”
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The House GOP caucus is expected to elect a leadership team Feb. 6, make committee assignments after that and begin work Feb. 13. Gov. Mike DeWine is slated to deliver his first State of the State address in the House chamber on March 5.