House Democratic lawmakers Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today announced their resolution to expel former Republican Speaker Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) from the Ohio House has been numbered and assigned to the Rules and Reference Committee. The Democratic lawmakers urged immediate consideration of the resolution, numbered HR 70, saying the time for waiting is over.
“I’m glad to see the Speaker has finally referred the Householder expulsion resolution to committee, but time for action is long overdue,” said Rep. Crossman. “We intend to continue pushing until an expulsion resolution receives a vote on the House floor—the people must know that there are members here that oppose what happened and that corruption will not tolerated in the Ohio General Assembly.”
Then-Speaker Householder and several close associates were arrested in July 2020 and subsequently indicted for their alleged role in a $60 million public bribery scheme, currently the largest open corruption investigation in any statehouse in the nation.
“Our resolution sends a forceful message that corruption has no place in the Ohio General Assembly and that alleged criminal misconduct of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Its swift consideration and passage will represent a critical first step in restoring the public’s trust and confidence in their government, both of which have been battered by the HB 6 scandal.
No hearings have been scheduled on the resolution.