Ohio lawmakers seek to limit local authority over fossil-fuel use

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio Republican lawmakers are again looking to hamstring local governments’ ability to pass pro-environmental ordinances — this time, by cutting off potential attempts by communities to rein in the use of fossil fuels.

Twin bills introduced in the Ohio House and Senate would, if passed, prevent local governments from limiting residents’ use of natural gas. A third bill, introduced in the House, would prevent local bans on oil or gas pipelines, as well as restrictions on the use of any fossil fuel for electricity generation.

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