Saturday, November 21, 2020
Sam Randazzo, chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), announced his resignation Friday. The resignation comes days after the FBI searched Randazzo's home as part of an investigation that's led to the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and two plea agreements from his associates in relation to an alleged scheme to funnel funds to state lawmakers to ensure the passage of House Bill 6. On Thursday, FirstEnergy disclosed a $4 million payment in 2019 to terminate a consulting agreement with "an entity associated with an individual who subsequently was appointed to a full-time role as an Ohio government official directly involved in regulating" FirstEnergy's Ohio distribution utilities.
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