Larry Householder

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As always, Ohio's fall ballot features the presidential and Congressional races at the top, with contests for state legislature down below. The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are up this year.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says his office will file a complaint Friday over the former Ohio House speaker's payments of more than $900,000 in campaign contributions to attorneys to defend him in a federal racketeering case.

Opponents of HB6, Ohio's sweeping energy law, gathered for an official virtual hearing to make their voice heard. That includes one of the whistleblowers who went to the FBI to report potential corruption which played a role a federal racketeering case.

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The Ohio House committee holding meetings on a potential repeal of HB6, a sweeping energy law, heard testimony from the leader of Ohio's utility regulatory commission. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair was accused of having his own conflict of interest when it comes to the bailout.

Operation Grant supporters in front of the Ohio Statehouse.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

A group of Ohioans who have been influential in Republican party leadership say they’re coming together for one purpose: to defeat President Trump in November.

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 House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Ousted House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) pleaded "not guilty" in court Thursday to federal racketeering charges. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of engineering a $60 million bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout.

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.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says he's considering taking legal action to stall the billion-dollar nuclear power plant bailout, as state legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Ohio Secretary of State is accusing fellow Republican and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder of 162 violations of campaign finance laws stemming from the nuclear bailout law he worked to pass. The campaign finance violations are related to the felony criminal charges Householder faces in federal court.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was arrested Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
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A federal judge has allowed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder more time to find a lawyer to defend him against federal conspiracy charges related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Although Ohio House members removed former House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation, he remains an active member of the legislature. Now, some of his colleagues are pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his salary if he’s convicted of the bribery and racketeering charges levied against him.

Ohio's Energy Policy After The HB6 Scandal

Aug 14, 2020
The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

This episode originally ran on Aug. 11, 2020.

When the House Bill 6 scandal first began to unravel, following the federal arrests of former House Speaker Larry Householder and four others, Gov. Mike DeWine rejected repealing the bill, saying that he advocated for a balanced energy policy and that nuclear plants are a part of that.

Ohio Valley Lawmakers Raked In Thousands From FirstEnergy PAC

Aug 13, 2020
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Lawmakers from Ohio across the Ohio Valley received nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions between 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 coal plants. 

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