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Public Utilities Committee, Ohio State Senate

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The Public Utilities Committee is a standing committee of the Ohio State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Ohio State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate. The rules do not give a specific date to which committees are assigned but committee appointments occur after the organization of the Senate.[1] The President shall appoint a chair and vice-chair of each standing committee as well as a ranking minority member.[2] The Minority Leader can recommend minority membership and a ranking minority member for each committee.[1] The President can be substituted as a voting member on any standing committee. The Minority Leader shall be an ex-officio nonvoting member of each committee, and at the Minority Leader's request, the President can substitute for the Minority Leader as a voting member on any committee.[2] A majority of members in a committee is considered quorum.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Senate


The Senate Public Utilities Committee addresses legislation that regulates and oversees providers of gas, electric, cable television and telephone services. The committee makes recommendations to the full Senate for the advice and consent of Governor's appointments to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the Attorney General's appointments to the Ohio Consumer's Council.[4][5]

Committee members

2015 legislative session

Public Utilities Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (8)
Sandra Williams, Ranking Minority MemberBill Seitz, Chair
Charleta B. TavaresTroy Balderson, Vice Chair
Tom SawyerKevin Bacon
John Eklund
Cliff Hite
Tom Patton
Bob Peterson
Joe Uecker


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