COLUMBUS—Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), Ranking Member on the House Civil Justice Committee, today voted in opposition alongside her Democratic colleagues to the committee passage of House Bill (HB) 286, which would allow for a change in jurisdiction for certain public corruption cases from the Franklin County Prosecutor to the defendant’s county of residence.
Democrats noted that House Republicans proposed this change just months after a Democrat was sworn in as Franklin County prosecutor, breaking more than 50 years of GOP control of the post. Two former GOP Speakers of the House are currently under investigation for public corruption.
The committee vote comes after the Ohio House voted last week to expel former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019.
“This bill is yet another example of Republican corruption,” said Rep. Galonski. “For years, public corruption cases have been tried in Franklin County without issue. Now that the Franklin County prosecutor is a Democrat, Republicans want to change the venue for these cases. If Republicans actually cared about restoring public trust, they would not pass this bill.”
HB 286 will now proceed to the House floor for further consideration.