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LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | House Democratic resolution to expel Householder heads to committee

“Our resolution sends a forceful message that corruption has no place in the Ohio General Assembly and that alleged criminal misconduct of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan said.
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Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (Photo courtesy of OhioHouse.gov)

COLUMBUS — A resolution to expel former Republican Speaker Rep. Larry Householder, R-Glenford, from the Ohio House has been numbered and assigned to the Rules and Reference Committee.

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Jeffrey A. Crossman, D-Parma, urged immediate consideration of the resolution, HR 70, saying the time for waiting is over.

“Our resolution sends a forceful message that corruption has no place in the Ohio General Assembly and that alleged criminal misconduct of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release. “Its swift consideration and passage will represent a critical first step in restoring the public’s trust and confidence in their government, both of which have been battered by the HB 6 scandal.

Householder and four associates were arrested July 21, 2020, and charged with secretly receiving money from FirstEnergy and using it to boost themselves politically and personally, to secure Householder's election as speaker and then to pass House Bill 6 and poison subsequent efforts to repeal it.