State Rep. David Leland today announced he is sponsoring legislation that requires at least one member of the five-person Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) be a Democrat or Republican.

“Bipartisan government is the best kind of government,” said Rep. Leland. “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is one of the state’s most important agencies, affecting the lives and pocketbooks of millions of Ohioans. We need to make sure that it has the checks and balances that only bipartisanship can provide.”

Rep. Leland’s legislation comes in response to Gov. Kasich’s recent appointment of Republican Andre Porter, which eliminates the bipartisan make-up of the Commission.

This Commission will be the first in modern history not to have both Democratic and Republican members.

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