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Northeast Ohio luxury car dealership owner Bernie Moreno talks about blockchain, along with a group of technology business leaders and Republican state representatives.
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Experts say the decentralized, tamperproof digital ledger system known as "blockchain" has the potential to completely change commerce, culture and communication, as the internet and smartphones have. Republican state lawmakers say they want in on it.

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The Ohio House on Tuesday agreed with the Senate’s changes to a payday lending overhaul, sending the final bill to the governor’s office. Legislators voted 61-24 to approve the legislation, a relatively easy end to a contentious and often surprising political saga.

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The Ohio legislature's standoff over "Stand Your Ground" has been pushed back to the fall.

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There is something millions of Ohioans take for granted that hundreds of thousands of others merely dream about: broadband service. All of Ohio’s major cities have it and some communities even offer it free to residents.

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The Ohio House is preparing to strip away more gun regulations making it easier to use lethal force in self-defense. This comes as the new House leader says Republican members aren’t close to approving new gun control measures.

lgae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio, on Sept. 15, 2017.
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More than $20 million could soon be pumped into projects that help keep Lake Erie clean. Most of that money would help fund equipment that helps limit nutrient runoff from farmland.

But state leaders and environmental advocates say that’s still not good enough.

The new speaker of the Ohio House is citing a two-year-old study from a pro-charter school group slamming the performance of virtual charter schools. There may be changes coming in the laws that govern those online schools following the ECOT scandal.

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The so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill is likely to come to the floor of the House next week, just before lawmakers leave for an extended break. And that might not be the end of the road for that controversial measure.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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When newly-elected Speaker Ryan Smith talked to reporters after the House’s voting session on June 8, he was all smiles.

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Jun 11, 2018
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Last week, the Ohio House finally elected a new speaker. Republican Rep. Ryan Smith emerged as the winner and was sworn in after an extensive nomination showdown Wednesday. The next day, the House got back to work and passed 28 bills, including legislation on payday lending. 

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the Ohio House finally quieted the storm over the next speaker. The calm should last, oh, about six months.

Meanwhile, qualifying patients hoping for some green relief likely won't be getting medical marijuana by the state's September deadline.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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The Ohio House attempted to elect a new speaker on Wednesday afternoon, following weeks of inertia, in-fighting and canceled meetings.

Even then, it took 11 rounds of voting and a rule change in order for Finance Chair and state Rep. Ryan Smith to finally win with a plurality of votes.

Ohio House Vote Set To Resolve Impasse Over Next Speaker

Jun 6, 2018
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The inert Ohio House is ready to vote on a new speaker. But even if they do, none of the bills held up by the delay will receive a vote.

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The fight over the next Speaker of the Ohio House continues to take strange turns.

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Accusations are flying at the State Capitol as the Ohio House continues in disorder without a speaker. The lawmaker considered to be the frontrunner says his rivals, such as the payday lending industry, are pulling the strings to delay a vote. But a top lending association is mounting its own, major accusation.

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