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Ohio House expels former speaker Larry Householder in historic vote

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House has voted to expel former GOP Speaker Larry Householder following his indictment in an alleged $60 million federal bribery scheme.

The bipartisan vote - 75 to 21 - Wednesday was only the second time in state history the Legislature cast ballots to expel a sitting member.

The proposal required a two-thirds vote in the house, or 66 members out of 99, for passage.

Householder and four associates were arrested in July in an investigation connected to legislation containing a ratepayer-funded bailout of two Ohio nuclear power plants.

He has pleaded not guilty and faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

Householder remains free on his own recognizance and was re-elected to his House seat last fall.

Lawmakers stripped him of his speakership last summer shortly after he was indicted.

Householder told lawmakers Tuesday that the expulsion push did not constitute “disorderly conduct” warranting removal and violated the will of voters who returned him to office in November despite the charges against him.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. FOX19 contributed to this report.