Larry Householder

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)
Ohio House

Documents made available last week show how House Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) championed gutting Ohio’s clean energy standards in the state’s 2019 coal and nuclear bailout law. Seitz has since served as a force against repeal.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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Ohio's new General Assembly starts two years of work on Monday, and there's an uncertain future for Larry Householder. The Republican former House Speaker faces a massive federal bribery indictment, but he remains a state lawmaker after winning reelection last fall.

A man who idenitfied himself as "Bill from Clintonville" expressed his support for Dr. Amy Acton at the Statehouse.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the tumultuous year that was 2020. From COVID-19 to the election to a $60 million bribery scandal to the protests over the killing of George Floyd, this has certainly been a year we will never forget.

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a ruling that blocks new charges set to appear on electric bills through a nuclear power plant bailout, which compliments a separate lower court order issued December 21.

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.
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The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work this month with the Republican Speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6 – the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants and was linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics.

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks to reporters on September 1, 2020.
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Ohio House Republican leadership says 2020 will end without  a vote on any proposal to change HB6. With no delays or repeal, the law stays in place despite being connected to the largest alleged bribery scandal in Ohio history.

A court ruling will block new charges from appearing on electric bills next month. Those fees were created to a nuclear power plant bailout which is under investigation for its role in a bribery scheme.

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

Leadership in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate have said they want to repeal a sweeping energy law, HB6, that's linked to an alleged bribery scheme. As the federal investigation continues to reveal more corruption, opponents of the law are growing frustrated with the lack of movement for a repeal.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is deflecting questions regarding an FBI search of the Columbus home of the the state's top utility regulator.

Then-Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges participates in a question-and-answer session in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 11, 2016.
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Matt Borges, former chair of the Ohio Republican Party, is making public comments for the first time since his arrest on federal racketeering charges.

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

Akron-based FirstEnergy is at the center of a bribery scandal that has rocked Ohio politics as well as the company’s front office.

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Nov 2, 2020
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

Two associates of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder last week pleaded guilty to federal charges in an alleged $61 million bribery scheme to pass a nuclear bailout bill.

Hours later, First Energy, the company believed to have bankrolled the scheme, fired its CEO and two top executives.

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

Consumer advocates, industry organizations and environmental groups continue efforts to learn more about claims that FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries may have financed an alleged $60-million conspiracy to make sure Ohio’s nuclear bailout bill became law and withstood a referendum attempt.

The FirstEnergy Board of Directors has fired its CEO Chuck Jones after an internal investigation into the ongoing federal racketeering case. The announcement came just hours after two defendants in that case entered a plea agreement in court saying they're guilty of the accusations.

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

Two defendants in the $61 million HB6 racketeering case have changed their pleas to "guilty" after reaching a deal with prosecutors and admitting to their roles in the alleged bribery scheme.

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