COLUMBUS – State Representatives David Leland (D-Columbus) and Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) issued statements today in response to Ohio Attorney General David Yost filing a complaint in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that would prevent FirstEnergy and its successor-organizations from benefiting from the increased rates in House Bill (HB) 6 and prohibit the defendants in the case, including former Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder, from holding an elected office or lobbying for eight years.
Representative David Leland (D-Columbus), Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Energy Policy & Oversight:
“I hope this isn’t a distraction to give Republican leadership cover as they continue to stand in the way of a repeal of House Bill 6.
This complaint could keep the ill-gotten gains generated from the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history from flowing to FirstEnergy. But the people of Ohio still have to pay $1.3 billion as a result of this corrupt legislation, and this complaint does nothing to prevent that money from being taken out of Ohioans’ pockets.
This complaint does nothing to get Ohioans their money back, and it does nothing to bring back the 100,000-plus green energy jobs House Bill 6 kills. It does nothing to stop the $444 million bailout of two dirty coal plants (one in Indiana). The fact remains that Republican leadership in the legislature is the only thing standing in the way of a full and immediate repeal of House Bill 6.
We need to show that Ohio is not for sale... We need to Repeal HB 6 now!”
Representative Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma), in response to AG Yost seeking to prohibit Larry Householder from holding an elected office for eight years:
“I made a motion to expel Larry Householder from the Ohio House back in July after we unanimously agreed to remove him as Speaker, but my Republican colleagues voted to keep him in his seat. Since they refuse to remove him and have even allowed Householder himself to come back and vote to preserve the very bill that led to his federal indictment, it is reassuring to see the Attorney General at least seeking an injunction to right this wrong.
But it never should have gotten to this point. He should have been removed back in July. House Republicans could remove him today, but they won’t.”
Rep. Crossman and Rep. Gil Blair (D-Weatherfield) have introduced a bill that would require state lawmakers to reimburse the state for any compensation received following a conviction for public corruption felonies. The bill would also prohibit anyone elected while under felony indictment for public corruption from taking their seat in the General Assembly. That bill has been assigned to the State and Local Government committee where it is yet to have a single hearing.