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Ohio House says lawmakers couldn't make speaker vote

A House spokesman says Tuesday's session was canceled because not enough lawmakers were available to vote on a successor to former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.


COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has canceled a session where lawmakers were set to elect a replacement for former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

A notice gave no explanation for the decision not to go forward Tuesday with electing Rosenberger’s successor. House spokesman Brad Miller dismissed the idea that a Democratic challenge was behind the decision. However, it wasn’t immediately clear whether that, or even a lack of votes for a prevailing speaker candidate, could be playing a role. President Pro Tem Kirk Schuring has said state Rep. Ryan Smith, a Gallia Republican, has the votes to become interim speaker.

Democrats had challenged Tuesday’s session as improper. The date was added by Schuring, and House rules say only the speaker can add a day to the calendar.

Sessions are still on for Wednesday and Thursday. Those days were on the calendar before Rosenberger left.

Rosenberger resigned in April amid questioning about his activities by the FBI. He says all of his actions were legal.

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