Former Ohio House Speaker Expelled by Lawmakers Over Bribery Indictment

Former Ohio House Speaker Expelled by Lawmakers Over Bribery Indictment

Members of the Ohio House of Representatives overturned former Republican President Larry Householder (Larry Householder), who was prosecuted by the federal government, in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday.

 The bill exercised its power to remove members for the first time in 150 years. The dismissal of the housewife in Perry County passed a resolution stating that he was not suitable for the job due to the prosecution. The state constitution allows expulsion on the grounds of “disorderly conduct,” but it does not define it. In the end, Household reiterated his innocence in a speech in the House of Representatives before the vote and again predicted that he would be acquitted, accusing him of planning a $60 million bribery plan aimed at passing legislation to support the two parties.

Nuclear power plants and then eliminate the problem of elections trying to overturn the law. “I have not received or accepted bribes, nor have I asked or been asked to accept bribes,” Householder said. Speaker Bob Cupp temporarily suspended the House of Representatives meeting because Householder had no accidents, followed by reporters. 

The owner said he will return to his farm in southern Ohio on Wednesday to help his wife grow tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and sweet corn. In the long run, he intends to publicly oppose what he believes is actually unconstitutional by elected officials who are different from him. “I can tell you this,” Householder told reporters. “Elected officials who don’t like public household heads really don’t like private households.” After Republican lawmakers implemented the measure, the House of Representatives voted instead of waiting for the expulsion resolution to pass committee procedures.

Brian Stewart and Mark Fraser, both Republicans representing Householder’s border areas, encouraged their colleagues to “do the right thing” and remove Householder from his seat. “If organized crime, bribery and money laundering do not constitute disorderly behavior, then frankly, nothing can be done,” Stewart said. 

Fraser called the accusation a stain on the agency and said: “It’s time for us to get together.” Among other Republicans who voted to overthrow their fellow Republicans, Householder tried to help him win the conference and Cupp. Eight of the remaining 13 members were recruited. Cupp said the federal grand jury’s indictment was his decisive factor. “In my opinion, it clearly meets the Ohio Constitution’s definition of disorderly behavior,” he said. The owner and four colleagues were arrested in July in an investigation related to nuclear rescue legislation, House Bill 6, which included $1 billion in taxpayers. 

The funded rescue program will add a new rate for each electricity bill in the state and will allocate more than $150 million per year to factories near Cleveland and Toledo until 2026. If convicted, the owner will face up to 20 years in prison. The day before his colleagues excluded him, Householder appeared before a committee, where he gave several hours of testimony, explaining why it was wrong to remove him. 

Householder’s two co-defendants and a non-profit organization involved have pleaded guilty in this case. FirstEnergy, an energy company at the center of the latest scandal, admitted in court documents that it paid most of the alleged bribery scheme. The last time the Ohio House of Representatives expelled an incumbent lawmaker was in 1857 when John P. Slough was removed from office. Because it beat a legislator.