Bill Would Require Sitting Lawmakers Convicted Of Crimes To Make Restitution

Aug 18, 2020

Larry Householder speaks with reporters while leaving the federal courthouse in Columbus last July.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

While Ohio House members removed former Speaker Larry Householder amid a bribery scandal, the Republican remains an active member of the general assembly.

Some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could force him to make restitution of his salary if he’s convicted. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Democratic Representative Jeff Crossman says Householder should have resigned or been removed after his recent indictment. But since that didn’t happen, Crossman says his bill could force the former speaker to pay up.


“But if he is convicted of these public corruption charges, he should be forced to reimburse taxpayers for all of the salary and benefits he has received since his indictment.”


Crossman says his bill could be passed during the lame duck session and apply to Householder’s case with an emergency clause. The legislation would also prevent lawmakers from being sworn into their seat after an election if they are under indictment for a criminal case.