OMEA

Formed in 1962, the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) is the legislative liaison to 80 Ohio community-owned-and-operated municipal electric systems.

The Ohio Municipal Electric Association provides legislative liaison services for American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) and 80 Ohio public power communities, with the goal of protecting the independence and constitutional rights of Ohio municipal electric systems. OMEA services include lobbying, member activities, coalition building, and legislative analysis. The OMEA also serves as the legislative liaison to AMP Inc. and represents the state and federal legislative interests of Ohio municipal electric communities.

Although closely aligned with AMP, the OMEA is a separate, nonprofit entity guided by a 16-member Board of Directors. The OMEA board is composed of 12 elected officials from member communities and four municipal electric systems representatives who may be, but are not required to be, elected officials of the communities they serve.

The OMEA staff perform five primary functions:

  • Monitor Legislation- OMEA staff members review, on average, more than 500 bills each year for their potential to affect municipal electric systems. Bills with such potential are examined in detail and tracked as they progress through the legislative process. Assisted by Washington-based counsel, the OMEA also monitors and tracks federal legislation affecting public power systems.
  • Advocate- OMEA staff members and community officials meet with legislators, key legislative aides and state agency officials, relating the organization’s position on important issues and fostering an awareness of the organization and its member municipal electric systems.
  • Build coalitions- The OMEA participates in coalitions on legislative issues, and works to create awareness of public power issues with various interest groups and allies. It also works closely with the American Public Power Association on national public power issues and with the Ohio Municipal League on issues of mutual interest.
  • Act as an information resource- The OMEA staff and counsel regularly provide information to members, the media and other audiences about OMEA issues, including the role of municipal electric systems in the restructured electric industry.
  • Organize member activities- As part of its mission, the OMEA develops and organizes programs to keep members aware of, and involved in, the legislative process.

OMEA Board of Directors

Member Representative
Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen, President
Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski, Executive Committee
Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh, Executive Committee
Bryan Mayor Douglas Johnson
Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters
Edgerton Village Administrator Dawn Fitzcharles
Hamilton Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer
Napoleon Council President Travis Sheaffer
Oberlin Council Member Scott Broadwell
Orrville Mayor David Handwerk
Pioneer Mayor Ed Kidston
St. Clairsville Mayor Terry Pugh
St. Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan
Tipp City Mayor Pat Hale
Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi
Ex-Officio Mayor Tom Stinebaugh
City of Wapakoneta
Executive Director,
Ex-Officio
Jolene Thompson
AMP Executive Vice President Member Services and External Affairs

 

For more information, please contact either Jolene Thompson or Michael Beirne at 614.540.1111, jthompson@amppartners.org or mbeirne@amppartners.org.


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