County GOP officials join call for ex-Ohio speaker’s removal

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FILE – In this Tuesday, July 21, 2020, file photo, then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme in Columbus, Ohio. On Thursday, March 4, 2021, Householder joined the line of GOP critics of Ohio’s anti-coronavirus efforts by introducing his own pair of bills to trim public health officials’ powers during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) — A second group of county Republican elected officials has joined the call for the removal from the Legislature of Ohio’s former House speaker now under criminal indictment.

Rep. Larry Householder is a Perry County Republican who was removed as speaker last year.

The removal followed criminal charges that allege he participated in a $60 million bribery scheme to ensure passage of a nuclear plant bailout.

Householder was reelected as a lawmaker in November and remains a House member.

Officials from Licking County wrote to current GOP Speaker Bob Cupp last week and asked that Householder be expelled from the House.

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