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COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 23, 2012 – Yesterday evening the Conference Committee of the Senate and House met to consider the Mid-Biennium Review of the budget, in House Bill 487. The Committee members added a provision to maintain the budget of the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) at its current level, which would avoid the reduction of $1.5 million scheduled for July 1, 2012. In the next day or two there likely will be votes in the Senate and House on the Bill.
"Ohioans are fortunate to have the leadership of Senate President Niehaus who strongly supported maintaining the consumers' voice on utility issues," said Consumers' Counsel Bruce Weston. "I thank the Senate and House members of the Conference Committee who, by their action, supported advocacy for Ohio utility consumers. Senator Jones (Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee), Senator Widener (Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee), and Representative Amstutz (Chairman of the House Finance Committee) acted with their Committee colleagues to preserve OCC's budget for protecting Ohio consumers."
"OCC is committed to its core mission of advocating for Ohio consumers with regard to the affordability and reliability of their electric, natural gas, telephone and water services," said Weston. "There is much to be done in this area that affects so many Ohioans."
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