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FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2020 file photo, House lawmakers, from left, Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, Rep. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, and Rep. Michael O'Brien, D-Warren, testify before the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight in Columbus, Ohio. Greenspan was identified Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 to be the lawmaker who spoke with FBI agents about the passage of the legislation now tainted by a $60 million federal bribery probe. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Texts show Ex-House speaker pushed lawmaker to pass bailout

Sep. 24, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker leading the charge to repeal a nuclear bailout bill was unsuccessfully pressured by the former House speaker to vote in favor of its passage, newly released records show. In late May 2019, former House Speaker Larry Householder texted his fellow GOP colleague Rep....

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Ohio’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state’s nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills that were authorized in a new law. Attorney General Dave Yost filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Franklin County Court against Energy Harbor. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, file)

Ohio sues to block nuclear bailout money from being paid

Sep. 23, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general sued Wednesday in an attempt to block the state’s nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills that were authorized in a new law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe involving the former speaker of the Ohio House....

FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

New Ohio House speaker's sterling narrative has detractors

Sep. 22, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

House committee holds hearing on repeal of bailout law

Sep. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The alleged corruption that led to passage of a nuclear plant bailout law and questions about whether the bailout was financially necessary demand the law's immediate repeal and replacement, Democratic and Republican lawmakers testified Thursday. Supporters of the energy policy...

FILE - Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Householder, who is accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, was removed from his leadership position on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ex-Ohio House speaker pleads not guilty to bribery scheme

Sep. 3, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House pleaded not guilty Thursday to a federal corruption charge tied to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder talks to the media outside of the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Householder said Tuesday he will plead not guilty to a corruption charge following his arrest in a $60 million federal bribery probe that shook the Statehouse earlier this summer. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio House speaker calls on indicted predecessor to resign

Sep. 1, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The GOP speaker of the Ohio House on Tuesday called for his predecessor, a fellow Republican under federal indictment in a $60 million bribery scheme, to resign his seat and leave the General Assembly. Newly elected Speaker Bob Cupp called Rep. Larry Householder's return to the...

FILE - In this 2015 file photo, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Charles

FirstEnergy had big stake in tainted nuclear plant bailout

Aug. 27, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. was once blamed for its part in triggering North America's largest blackout nearly 20 years ago. Now, the multistate power company is again facing intense scrutiny — this time for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme that has ensnared one of...

Ohio lawmaker pushing impeachment accused of campaign fraud

Aug. 27, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who recently joined a bid to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine for allegedly violating state law has been accused of violating campaign finance law. Republican Rep. Nino Vitale was referred to the Ohio Elections Commission on Wednesday after turning in a blank campaign...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

New hearing for ex-Ohio House speaker in bribery scheme

Aug. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday set a new hearing date for the former speaker of the Ohio House to answer a charge related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. Far-right GOP House lawmaker Rep. John Becker from Cincinnati, said in a release Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, that he has drafted 10 articles of impeachment against fellow Republican DeWine over his handling of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Conservative lawmaker says Ohio governor should be impeached

Aug. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should be impeached over his handling of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a conservative GOP House lawmaker said Monday as he announced a long-shot effort to unseat one of the state's most well-known politicians. Cincinnati Rep....