Ohio House Scandal Could Adversely Affect the State’s Sports Betting.

July 24, 2020

The Ohio House Speaker, Larry Householder, isset to resign from his position in the Ohio Legislature, after being arrestedby the FBI on bribery and racketeering charges.

 

Householder has been a supporter of theprogression to pass House Bill 194, which would see sports betting legalised inOhio, however, these plans may now be shelved after the house speaker, alongwith five others, were arrested after it was found that they accepted $60M inbribes.

 

Those involved include Jeffrey Longstreth,Householder’s advisor, a lobbyist called Neil Clark, Matthew Borges the formerOhio Republican Party Chairman, and Juan Cespedes, the co-founder of a Columbusbased consulting firm The Oxley Group. These men have been under FBIinvestigation for some time while a case was built against them.

 

House Bill 194 was passed on the 28th of May afterwhich time it moved along to the Senate for further hearings which are pending.The legalisation of Sports Betting would see the state of Ohio benefit greatlyespecially due to COVID related difficulties. Two of the main Bill sponsorsRepresentative Dave Greenspan and Representative Brigid Kelly are stillconfident of a