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Attempt To Block Ohio Green-energy Bill Rejected

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has rejected an attempt to block passage of a contentious bill delaying phase-in of Ohio’s renewable energy targets for two years.

Democratic state Rep. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, was voted down 38-54 in her request to re-refer the measure to committee. Antonio said the House needed another chance to debate the bill. She called it bad for the state.

The measure being debated Wednesday is expected to clear the Republican-controlled House. Under a compromise backed by GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), the targets would continue after the pause unless lawmakers act on recommendations of a 12-member commission by 2017.

Backers of the targets say forcing utilities to use more renewable energy helps the environment and creates jobs. Critics say renewables aren’t reliable and drive up electric bills.

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