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House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Ohio House Votes To Remove Larry Householder As Speaker

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio House voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder as Ohio House Speaker, just minutes after a federal grand jury indicted Householder and four others in a $60 million racketeering conspiracy connected to last year’s nuclear bailout bill. With Householder absent, speaker pro tempore Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) called the Ohio House into session. Proceedings… Read More

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Calls For Dark Money Reform Amid Political Bribery Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The criminal activities Ohio’s House speaker and some other political operatives are accused of doing couldn’t have happened without one thing – dark money.  This scandal is renewing calls for reform from watchdog groups. Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer said lawmakers could have passed a bill in 2010 that… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

DeWine Says He’ll Call Special House Session To Replace Speaker If Necessary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After Larry Householder’s arrest on racketeering charges, his future as Ohio House Speaker may be cloudy – though he hasn’t said clearly if he will resign. Gov. Mike DeWine has called for Householder to quit, and says he’ll consider taking action if his fellow Republicans in the House do… Read More

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Lawmakers Crafting Legislation To Repeal HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are quickly putting a proposal together that would repeal the energy laws created through House Bill 6. It’s a sweeping energy bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants along with making other big changes. However, the bill is now at the center of a federal racketeering… Read More

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Some State Leaders Calling For Speaker Householder To Resign Following His Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s been just over 24 hours since Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested and charged with bribery and racketeering. And since that time, the chorus calling for his resignation has grown. It didn’t take long for Householder’s fellow Republicans Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. John Husted, and Attorney General Dave Yost to… Read More

became HB6, sparking a long debate on nuclear, coal, and green energy.

Nuclear Power Plant Bailout At The Center Of Federal Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has been arrested in connection to a $61 million public corruption racketeering conspiracy case. He and four other defendants are alleged to have been critical players in the push to pass a controversial piece of legislation that upended the state’s energy policy. U.S…. Read More

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Ohio House Speaker Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy In Nuclear Bailout

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(UPDATED AT 5:30 p.m.) COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Federal officials on Tuesday unraveled details of a years-long conspiracy involving Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who prosecutors say headed a scheme that funneled $60 million in bribes through a dark money group in order to pass a billion-dollar bailout for Ohio’s nuclear power plants. As laid out in… Read More