House Bill 6

Householder, on trial for corruption, gets endorsement from home county

BY: - October 1, 2020

For two months, Rep. Larry Householder has ignored widespread calls to resign following his arrest and alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the biggest bribery scheme in Ohio political history. Though he is on trial for racketeering, the Glenford Republican still serves as a state representative and has plenty of support from his native […]

Report: FirstEnergy being investigated by federal securities and exchange commission

BY: - September 15, 2020

The company at the center of what prosecutors are calling the biggest corruption scandal in Ohio political history is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported Tuesday afternoon: The examination became public in a lawsuit the company and a consulting firm filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland against a former […]

Mailbag: Householder’s future, preventing future corruption, and drop boxes

BY: - September 3, 2020

“Can you explain why the @ohiogop voted to keep (Larry Householder) in office claiming they couldn’t remove him next time? Can’t they as the #supermajority just pass a bill to fix that?”

LaRose refers 162 campaign finance violations against Householder and others in FirstEnergy scandal

BY: - August 28, 2020

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office has identified more than 150 alleged campaign finance violations related to former Speaker of the House Larry Householder and the House Bill 6 scandal. Householder and four others were arrested July 21 as part of a federal investigation called the largest bribery scheme in Ohio history. Secretary of State […]

Mailbag: Answering readers’ questions about the election and DeWine

BY: - August 13, 2020

It’s a testament to the craziness of 2020 that we aren’t talking more about Kanye West. It was only a week ago we learned the Kanye West presidential campaign (it’s weird even typing those words) filed petitions with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to appear on the 2020 ballot as an independent.  In a […]

Mailbag: Answering reader questions about Householder and the bribery scandal

BY: - August 6, 2020

Clad in camouflage from head to toe, Larry Householder aimed his weapon at a television screen across an empty field. That box had it coming, a Householder voiceover intimated, what with all the unfair attacks leveled against him. “A dark money group is airing deceitful ads against me,” Householder said. “They’re anti-Trump gun grabbers and […]

Bipartisan Ohio campaign finance reform bill has secretary of state’s support

BY: - August 4, 2020

If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill 737 […]

Ohio House votes to remove Householder as speaker, elects Cupp

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Speaker Larry Householder as the chamber’s leader, then hours later elevated state Rep. Bob Cupp to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Cupp, 69, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, was chosen to guide the legislative chamber following the arrest of Householder as part […]

Dems introduce legislation to repeal House Bill 6

BY: - July 29, 2020

Legislation to formally repeal House Bill 6, the energy bailout bill at the center of racketeering charges against Speaker Larry Householder and four others, has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. Since Householder’s arrest on July 21, there have been two simultaneous efforts led by both political parties to repeal the controversial energy […]

How two state legislatures passed two FirstEnergy bailouts on the same day

BY: - July 27, 2020

In a 24-hour span last summer, two state legislatures passed two separate bailouts that will divert millions of taxpayer dollars annually into FirstEnergy coffers. In Ohio, lawmakers passed House Bill 6 on July 23, 2019, which tacks an 85-cent monthly surcharge on ratepayers and $2,400 for industrial customers to bail out two FirstEnergy Solutions nuclear […]

Speaker Householder is ‘absent.’ What now?

BY: - July 24, 2020

Update 7/25 2:50 p.m. – Ohio House Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz told the Ohio Capital Journal that Speaker Larry Householder should not be considered “absent or incapacitated,” so how the House moves forward is still up in the air. “Questions about the authority of the Speaker Pro Tempore (Jim Butler, R-Oakwood) to act in his […]

FirstEnergy money flowed to Ohio politicians who supported Householder-backed HB6 

BY: - July 21, 2020

FirstEnergy Solutions said it needed a government bailout to continue operating. It still had hundreds of thousands of dollars available to donate to Ohio politicians. The Akron-based energy company spent years working toward what would become House Bill 6 — passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in the summer […]