State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement in response to news reports that the political nonprofit Generation Now at the center of the House Bill 6 is expected to enter a guilty plea to a federal racketeering charge. According to reports, this is “the third person or entity to admit to corruption as part of a sweeping federal bribery investigation into the passage of House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout law.”
“Every day that passes where Statehouse Republicans fail to repeal House Bill 6 and expel Larry Householder from the legislature is a further erosion of the public’s trust in government and it is shameful; it’s an egregious slap in the face to the people of Ohio,” said Rep. Crossman. “House Democrats tried to expel Householder last summer after his arrest, but the Republicans voted to keep him in office. Now, Ohio taxpayers have to foot the bill to pay salary and benefits to a member who has been charged with public corruption-related felonies.
How many more smoking guns do we need to prove the HB6 process was corrupt and how many more guilty pleas will it take before House Republicans finally act?”
Last session, Rep. Crossman made a motion on the House floor to expel the now disgraced former Republican Speaker of the Ohio House. All Democrats supported the motion, while the majority of Republicans opposed it, allowing Householder to remain a member of the chamber.
Rep. Crossman plans to reintroduce legislation from last General Assembly that would prevent an elected representative or state senator from being sworn into their seat after an election if the member is currently under indictment and their criminal case for the felonies is unresolved. It would require the elected member to forego the seat, and it would require another member appointed, if the elected member cannot be sworn into their seat within three months after the date they are supposed to be sworn in. House Republicans did not give the bill a single hearing.