Ohio co-op CEOs visit Capitol Hill to urge passage of RURAL Act

Co-op CEOs recently visited Capitol Hill to advocate for the RURAL Act.

Nine Ohio electric co-op CEOs joined the OEC government affairs team for a visit to Washington, D.C., in late September.

While on Capitol Hill, the group visited with members of Congress and discussed issues important to cooperatives, most notably the RURAL Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that will protect electric co-ops’ tax-exempt status if passed and signed into law.

If Congress does not act by the end of the year, some co-ops risk losing their tax-exempt status if they take government grants – including funds to restore power after a natural disaster or to bring broadband service to rural communities.