Bob Cupp

Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) says the repeal process of the Ohio Nuclear bailout should occur immediately.
Ohio House

The Ohio House is planning another hearing on a potential repeal of HB6, the legislation that brought big changes to Ohio energy laws and bailed out two nuclear power plants. Opponents of HB6 are growing frustrated with the process saying it should be repealed now.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to repeal and replace HB 6, the nuclear power plant bailout law, amid the bribery scandal involving former House Speaker Larry Householder. Mike Hartley, executive director for The Coalition to Restore Public Trust, joins the show.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The president of the Ohio Senate says he is on board with efforts to repeal the state's nuclear bailout law, as a House committee studies how it could be done.

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

A bill to repeal Ohio’s nuclear bailout law has languished for more than a month so far, and signs suggest that House leadership may be angling to defer or stop such efforts as Election Day draws near. Lawmakers filed repeal bills soon after the arrest of former speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and others in July. 

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks to reporters on September 1, 2020.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

At the Statehouse on Tuesday, both the Ohio House and Senate addressed the potential repeal of the controversial nuclear power plant bailout. As Democrats call for a quick repeal, Republicans moved ahead with a different approach.

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) returned to the Ohio House on September 1 for the first time since being stripped of his speakership in July.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday, and so did state Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford). It was his first time at the Statehouse since being indicted and ousted as Speaker over an alleged bribery scheme involving the nuclear bailout law he championed.

FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / AP

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.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview in Columbus in this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo.
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine has a message for the handful of fellow Republicans in the legislature trying to impeach him: "Have at it." 

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio House Republicans aren’t uniting behind a plan to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And if the conservative lawmakers want support from Democrats, they might be disappointed.

New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
John Minchillo / AP

New Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) might be called the accidental speaker.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 3, 2020
New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
John Minchillo / AP

Rep. Bob Cupp was sworn in Thursday as Ohio’s third Speaker of the House in two years.

He replaces Larry Householder, who was unanimously stripped of his leadership position following his indictment in a federal racketeering case.

House Cleaning

Jul 31, 2020
House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the change in leadership in the Ohio House as legislators voted to replace the newly-indicted Larry Householder.

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected the Speaker of the Ohio House following the removal of Larry Householder.
Ohio House

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) will take over as Ohio House Speaker following the removal of Larry Householder. 

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Paul Vernon / AP

With a vote set Thursday to remove House Speaker Larry Householder, just two candidates remain in the race to replace him as leader. However, there’s apparently a disagreement among Republicans on how that can happen.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was arrested Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

After taking a secret ballot vote Tuesday, Republicans in the Ohio House have decided to remove House Speaker Larry Householder as their leader in a floor vote on Thursday. But it’s unlikely that they’ll vote to expel Householder, who’s facing a federal racketeering charge related to the nuclear bailout he pushed last year.

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