COLUMBUS— State Senators Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) this week announced their plan to repeal House Bill 6. A press conference was held on Thursday, alongside Representatives Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Laura Lanese (R-Grove City), to discuss the legislation.
The decision came following the news conference this week by U.S. Attorney DeVillers announcing a criminal complaint against Speaker Larry Householder, alleging his involvement in over $60 million bribes to pass the bill.
“I am proud t0 join Senator O’Brien to introduce legislation to repeal House Bill 6. We have learned over the last week about the corruption behind the House of Representatives introduction and passage of House Bill 6 last summer. Though the Senate made changes to the House bill which was subsequently signed by the Governor, we now know that the bill was tainted with corruption from its start in the House. It is imperative that we right this wrong, repeal House Bill 6 to restore Ohioans confidence in the legislative process, and do so without the shadow of dark money used to introduce this bill in the House.”
“The events of this week involving Speaker Householder put into stark relief the insidious and pervasive role played by dark money in American politics throughout the country today,” said O’Brien. “Failure to repeal HB 6 would allow it to stand as a monument to the corrupting power of dark money interests – now and into the future – to bend the legislature to their will as long as they are willing to spend enough cash.”
Kunze and O’Brien plan to formally introduce the bill next week.