Sources familiar with the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe say agents are looking into Rosenberger’s travels, including a four-day trip in August 2017 that was underwritten in part by payday lenders.
HB123, which calls for the biggest reforms in a decade, stalled in the House under Rosenberger’s leadership.
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The fight over who will get the speaker’s gavel is holding up a long-list of bills.
On Wednesday, lawmakers were set to vote on 16 bills, including measures that would: beef up reporting requirements for drug overdoses; block hospitals from mandating that nurses work overtime; change Ohio’s wrongful imprisonment law; establish protocols for hospitals with stroke patients; and give veterinarians continuing education credits if they perform free spaying services.
State Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, said in a written statement: “It is important that the House continue to do the work the people of Ohio sent us here to do. It is clear that there are rules in place that would allow the House to move forward and not be impeded by this Republican internal struggle to elect a Speaker.”
Smith said he is confident that it’ll be ironed out before May 23, the next scheduled session. “We are making significant progress,” he said.