One-Year Anniversary of HB 6 Scandal Arrests

This week marked the one-year anniversary of FBI agents arresting former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others tied to the House Bill 6 scandal, which prosecutors call the largest public corruption scandal in state history.

The anniversary was noted by several media outlets, including Gongwer, which pointed out that over the past year, Ohioans have seen “three guilty pleas to federal racketeering charges; one expelled former House speaker; six fired FirstEnergy senior executives; and the resignation of a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chairman.” Investigations continue on several fronts.

Despite recent steps taken by the General Assembly to partially repeal HB 6, lawmakers still have not repealed the HB 6 subsidies for two uneconomical coal-fired plants built in the 1950s, including one in Indiana. Under the provision, Ohioans will pay an estimated $700 million to the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC), which owns the coal plants. The OMA supports Senate Bill 117 by Sen. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) to repeal the OVEC subsidies and refund customers. 7/21/2021