Rep. Clayton Luckie (Photo courtesy: Ohio House of Representatives)  
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House speaker is calling on a state lawmaker to resign in the wake of a 49-count indictment that accuses him of skimming nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for his personal use and failing to list campaign expenditures for six years.

Speaker William Batchelder said Wednesday that Rep. Clayton Luckie has damaged the public's trust in the House and should resign. Batchelder, a Republican, says it's in "the best interest" of the Legislature and the people of Ohio that Luckie leave office.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the 49 charges of theft in office, money laundering and corruption related to campaign funds against the Dayton Democrat on Wednesday.

Luckie's attorney says his client plans on pleading not guilty to all of them. Luckie voluntarily surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

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