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FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Opponents Say Poll Shows Little Support For HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group calling for the repeal of a sweeping energy law that bailed out nuclear power plants says they have public opinion on their side. The coalition of organizations against HB6 says polling shows little support for the legislation at the center of a federal corruption investigation. A group of environmentalists, government watchdogs… Read More

Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) testifies before the Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

Ohio House Holds Hearings On HB6 Repeal Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of HB6, the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a large corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). A key argument in the debate… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

House Committee To Hold 1st Hearing On Repeal Of Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House lawmakers planned a Thursday hearing to begin repealing and replacing a nuclear plant bailout law. The law is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe and which led to the ouster of the former GOP House speaker. Newly elected House Speaker Bob Cupp created the House Select… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

State Watchdog Seeks Probe Of Utility Tied To Bribery Scheme

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s consumer watchdog wants a regulatory agency to investigate whether the state’s largest electric utility used customer money to fund an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio’s most powerful politicians. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel late Tuesday asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to seek an independent investigation to… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Supporters, Opponents Of HB6 Debate Final Cost On Electric Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House will begin to hold hearings on a possible repeal of a sweeping energy bill that bailed out nuclear power plants, among several other things. Supporters and opponents of the law, which is now at the center of a federal bribery investigation, are fighting over what the… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Householder, who is… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio House Creates New Committee For Nuclear Bailout Repeal Debate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme. Newly-elected House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) says the House Select… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Considering Legal Action To Stall Electric Bill Hikes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says he’s considering taking legal action to stall the billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout as legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the mechanism to be used to increase nearly every… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

New Hearing Scheduled For Ex-Ohio House Speaker In Bribery Scheme

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a new hearing for the former speaker of the Ohio House who’s charged in an alleged bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political use in exchange for passing a legislative… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Former Ohio House Speaker Needs More Time To Find Lawyer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House says he needs more time to find a lawyer to defend him against a conspiracy charge related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Bill Would Require Ohio Lawmakers Convicted Of A Crime To Make Restitution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio House members removed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation into his activities, he remains an active member of the general assembly. Now, some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Yost Seeks To Halt Payouts In Nuke Plants’ Bankruptcy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost asked a federal court Monday to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe. Yost said the arrests of then-House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in an alleged pay-to-play scheme surrounding a… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Federal PAC Donations Show Ohio Valley Lawmakers Raked In Thousands From Utility FirstEnergy

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (OVR) — Lawmakers from across the Ohio Valley have received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions from 2019-2020 from a political action committee associated with FirstEnergy Corp., the electric utility implicated in a $61 million bribery and racketeering scheme related to Ohio’s controversial energy bill that bailed out several struggling nuclear and… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is congratulated after his election as Speaker of the Ohio House in January 2019.

FBI Agents Search Ex-Ohio House Speaker’s Statehouse Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities have executed a search warrant in the Statehouse office of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. The search for Householder’s personal belongings took place Friday, a day after the chamber he formerly led voted to strip him of his leadership role. Householder, a Republican, has been implicated in a… Read More

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

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is congratulated after his election as Speaker of the Ohio House in January 2019.

AG Says House Needs Law To Remove Speaker, Not Just Majority Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With a vote set to remove House Speaker Larry Householder tomorrow morning, there’s apparently a disagreement among Republicans on how that can happen. House Republicans say their rules indicate a simple majority of 50 votes can remove Householder as speaker, though the motion to remove Householder will be one that all… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Joins Call For Dark Money Transparency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The effort to shed more light on campaign contributions is gaining momentum with the support of Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). He says these so-called dark money groups that donate millions of dollars into political expenditures need more transparency. As DeWine points out, it’s not against the law for independent expenditure groups to make political… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Ohio GOP Sets Course To Remove Speaker Accused Of Bribery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state representatives in Ohio signaled their intent Tuesday to remove the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, in a secret vote prompted by Larry Householder’s refusal to voluntarily give up the seat. The House will meet Thursday to consider a resolution… Read More

Then-Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) walks journalists through the latest changes to a bill that rolled back clean energy mandates in 2016.

Lawmaker Says HB6 Benefits Ratepayers With ‘Lower Electric Costs’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As the calls for a repeal of the state’s nuclear power plant bailout grow louder, there are legislators who are standing by the law that made sweeping changes to Ohio’s energy policy. One vocal supporter says the bailout is still what’s best for Ohioans. The laws created through HB6 set up nuclear and coal subsidies paid for by new charges… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Lawmakers Set Sights On Dark Money Transparency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are introducing bills that require more transparency when it comes to dark money groups in political campaigns. The bills are in reaction to an alleged racketeering scheme involving a dark money organization and Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). One bipartisan bill, HB737, would create reporting requirements for entities that make political… Read More

FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant, located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, shut down in November 2019.

Power Failure: A Massive Bribery Scheme Could Change Ohio Valley Energy Systems

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (OVR) — One of the country’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, with a large presence in the Ohio Valley, has emerged at the center of a $60 million bribery and racketeering scheme related to Ohio’s controversial energy bill that bailed out several struggling nuclear and coal plants On Tuesday, federal investigators arrested one of… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

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

Larry Householder

State Leaders Considering Next Steps After Householder’s Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican lawmakers say they’re working on how to move forward given the recent arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who now faces federal racketeering charges. This could set up a new fight to become the next speaker. If Householder were to resign or be removed, his second-in-command Rep…. Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio Governor Reverses Course, Calls To Repeal Energy Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has reversed course and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed in the wake of the state’s $60 million bribery scandal. The Republican DeWine said he continues to support the policy in the bill, including preserving Ohio’s two nuclear power plants as part of… Read More