Cliff Rosenberger

House committee meets to discuss payday lending reform bill, HB123, as Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) presents his proposed changes.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio House Republicans balked at passing a bill to reform the payday lending industry just hours after the top Republican leader stepped down amid an FBI inquiry. Sources suggest that inquiry is tied to inappropriate contact with payday lobbyists. The bill was slated for a vote before some House leaders slammed on the brakes.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Fallout continues from House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s announcement that he would resign effective May 1, after revealing that there was an FBI inquiry into his activities. Rosenberger maintains his innocence but says he’s leaving because the matter will keep him and the House from devoting time to important issues.

Ohio Speaker of the House Announces Resignation

Apr 11, 2018
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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Speaker of the Ohio House has announced he'll resign, days after he hired a lawyer and admitted he’d learned  the FBI was asking questions about him. 

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) in southwest Ohio announced his resignation at the Tuesday evening meeting of the House Republican caucus. He issued a statement that his actions have been ethical and lawful, but that the inquiry will likely take a long time and there are issues that lawmakers need to attend to.

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THE OHIO LEGISLATURE

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 11:

A photo of Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) talking to reporters following a House Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday.
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich says he doesn’t know much about the FBI’s inquiry into activities involving House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. 

Details of the FBI’s inquiry and whether they are carrying out an official investigation has yet to be confirmed. Kasich says he doesn’t know anything about it.

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