COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Republicans in Ohio again brought their decision on former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s successor to a halt, calling off a scheduled vote that’s needed before any more laws can be made.
The official reason for canceling Tuesday’s vote on an interim speaker was too few lawmakers could attend.
However, there were also rumblings that the impasse that kept Republicans from selecting a speaker last week hadn’t been resolved.
Beyond that, Democrats had challenged Tuesday’s session as improper, and raised the possibility that all the bills passed under a speaker selected in violation of the rules could be jeopardized.
Filling the void left by Rosenberger’s unusual mid-session resignation in April has been a rocky process. The Clarksville Republican resigned amid FBI questioning surrounding his international travel and lavish lifestyle, saying he had broken no laws but knew the process would take time and be a distraction.
Members of the Republican caucus he formerly led met last week to select a person to fill Rosenberger’s role through the end of the year — but they couldn’t come to an agreement.
Miller had said Monday that Republican state Rep. Ryan Smith, chair of the powerful Finance Committee, had the necessary support, which was why Tuesday’s session was called.
Smith, of Gallia, was vying for the interim speakership, which lasts through year’s end, along with Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, of Marysville, and state Rep. Andy Thompson, of Marietta.