New consumers' counsel cracking down on freebies
Not even a box of cookies is safe for Ohio's new consumers' counsel. A state investigation scolded the previous consumers' counsel for improperly accepting gifts and gratuities from utility representatives. The consumers' counsel represents residential customers in utility rate cases before state regulators. Now Janine Midgen-Ostrander has been putting in new policies, including one that blocks employees from accepting meals, gifts and other freebies.