Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder expelled from legislature

COLUMBUS — Former House Speaker Larry Householder, who is facing charges in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme, has been expelled from the Ohio House.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the GOP-controlled House voted 75-21 to remove Householder Wednesday, stating he was not suited for office because of his indictment.

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Householder and four associates were arrested in July. The report said federal prosecutors allege they took FirstEnergy money in exchange for orchestrating a scheme to elect Householder as speaker, his allies to House seats, allowing them to then pass a bailout bill for two Ohio nuclear power plants.

The ratepayer-funded, $1 billion bill would have added a new few to every electricity bill in the state. The report stated that $150 million would be directed to the two plants near Cleveland and Toledo annually through 2026.

This was the first time the House has invoked their powers to remove a member in 150 years.

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