Kyle Koehler

Central Ohio House members Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) walking with Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) before announcing a bill to repeal HB6.
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Republican lawmakers say they're working on how to move forward given the arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who now faces federal racketeering charges. This could set up a new fight to become the next speaker.

In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga.
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Lawmakers in an Ohio House committee rejected a proposed amendment that would have banned the sale and display of the Confederate flag at county fairs in Ohio.

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Ohio farmers who want to sell their property to a younger farmer in their family could get a tax incentive to do so.

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A resolution seems to be gaining momentum in the Ohio House that would change the process for putting a constitutional amendment on a statewide ballot. State Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) wants to keep the total amount of signatures at the same threshold but require more of those signatures to come from more Ohio counties.

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Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry," HB178, a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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Lawmakers are considering a dramatic change to the way Ohio issues licenses for people in certain professions and industries. Supporters say this measure would help clear out unnecessary licensing boards.

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State representatives plan on returning to Columbus this week to vote on the long-awaited payday lending bill. The legislation, if passed, would overhaul the way the industry is regulated in Ohio.

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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed long-awaited payday loan legislation meant to close loopholes those lenders use to charge high interest rates.

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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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A bill to crack down on payday lending passed an Ohio House committee without any changes, a week after the House Speaker resigned and a vote on the bill was halted.

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Ohio House Republicans balked at passing a bill to reform the payday lending industry just hours after Cliff Rosenberger, the top Republican leader, stepped down amid an FBI inquiry.

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A citizens group is trying to put an issue on the ballot that would cap the interest rates of payday loans at 28 percent without any loopholes. The ballot measure is a reaction to lawmakers not taking any action on a pending bill. House leaders say they’re ready to move forward with that bill.

Republican Representative Kyle Koehler speaks at a prayer vigil.
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A bipartisan bill that would crack down on Ohio’s 650 payday lenders has received its first hearing in the House.

It could take more than a year before Ohio doctors could recommend marijuana for patients under Ohio’s medical marijuana program. But what would happen if someone in Ohio has obtained medical marijuana legally in another state and was using it here? Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on the first bill to make changes in Ohio's medical marijuana program.