On Wednesday this week, the House canceled its voting sessions for Wednesday and Thursday, a decision that prevents any progress on voting in a new Speaker to replace Cliff Rosenburger, who resigned amid an FBI investigation.
Not only does the action leave the chamber’s leadership up in the air, it continues to delay votes on pending bills.
Leaders of Ohio’s business communities united early in the week to implore the House GOP caucus to act. A joint letter to Rep. Kirk Schuring, Speaker Pro Tempore, from the executives of the National Federation of Independent Business-Ohio, Ohio Business Roundtable, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association said:
“… Our interest – and we believe that of House members – is that the General Assembly take up the policy issues that will continue to support and improve Ohio’s economy and the welfare of its citizens. Without a Speaker – and with the distracting controversy of electing one – we risk timely progress.” 5/23/2018