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New Speaker Cupp follows federal indictment of former Speaker Householder
July 30, 2020

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today after House Republicans voted to make Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) the next Speaker of the House. Every member of the Democratic Caucus voted against him.

“We don’t trust any of them.”

 
 
Say Republican culture of corruption underscores systemic racism present in the legislature
July 30, 2020

COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement as the Ohio House voted unanimously to strip Larry Householder (R-Glenford) of his role as Speaker of the House. Householder and four associates were indicted by a federal grand jury today amid an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into his connection to an alleged $60 million public corruption and bribery scheme—the largest in state history.

 
 
Says bill is the first step to regain public's trust in legislature
July 30, 2020

Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) on Monday introduced House Bill 737, with Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation they say is the first step toward lifting the cloud of corruption that hangs over the Statehouse. The bill would bring Ohio campaign finance regulations in line with federal law. HB 737 mirrors legislation that was introduced by then-Senator Jon Husted in the 128th General Assembly. 

 
 
Bill comes as pressure for Speaker Householder to resign mounts amid FBI investigation into alleged $60M corruption scheme tied to HB 6
July 29, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Democrats today introduced House Bill (HB) 738 – legislation to repeal HB 6, a controversial corporate bailout legislation at the center of an FBI investigation into an alleged $60 million public corruption scheme led by Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), the largest corruption and money-laundering scheme ever in Ohio. Democrats began calling for Householder’s resignation as news broke last week.

 
 
Ohio Anti-Corruption Act would shed light on dark money, close campaign finance loopholes
July 29, 2020

Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today called for hearings on House Bill 739, anti-corruption legislation that would require dark money groups to identify their funders and disclose their spending. The bill would also strengthen restrictions against foreign corporations and foreign governments influencing Ohio elections. Sweeney and Russo introduced the bill earlier this week

 
 
Say Ohioans have lost confidence in Republican leadership following second FBI criminal investigation in past three years
July 28, 2020

COLUMBUS –House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Minority Whip Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) issued a statement Tuesday following reports that House Republicans voted to remove Larry Householder (R-Glenford) as Speaker of the House.

 
 
Federal funds will help offset costs incurred by frontline healthcare providers during the pandemic
July 28, 2020

House Democrats announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.

 
 
Says ongoing FBI investigation is an unnecessary distraction from the people's work
July 27, 2020

Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) issued the below statement calling for the resignation of Republican Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) following federal charges that he engaged in a $60 million bribery and racketeering scheme. This is the second FBI investigation into House GOP leadership in three years.

 
 
Plan follow Dems' call for the resignation of Speaker Householder
July 22, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Representative Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) announced plans today to introduce a bill that would repeal House Bill 6. This bill follows news that Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) allegedly accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes to pass it and prevent a referendum.   

 
 
Focus must remain on addressing the needs of Ohio, calls for the resignation of Ohio Speaker of the House
July 22, 2020

COLUMBUS— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) issued a statement on the FBI arrest and indictment of Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder: