State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement on the expulsion from the Ohio House of former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019.
“While today was the culmination of the effort to expel Larry Householder for his misconduct, it’s only the start to fully restoring the integrity of the Ohio House after the damage that’s been done by this latest Republican corruption scandal. Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan and I are pleased that we finally triggered Republicans to do the right thing and get a resolution underway. Now, we need to pass commonsense reforms to end the repeated cycles of corruption we’ve seen every few years under Republican rule,” said Rep. Crossman. “The only way to end the culture finally of corruption is to pass meaningful, bipartisan reform because corruption undermines all that we are trying to accomplish for the people of Ohio.”
Householder and several close associates have been indicted for their involvement in what has been described as the largest public bribery scheme in Ohio history. The active criminal case stands as the largest open corruption investigation in any statehouse in the nation.
Democrats introduced a resolution to expel Householder earlier this month. They have also introduced bills to root out Statehouse corruption, including the Ohio Anti-Corruption Act, which would require dark money groups to identify their contributors and disclose their spending, and the Public Corruption Repayment Act, which would require legislators to reimburse the state for compensation received between the time they were indicted for a felony involving public corruption and their conviction.