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(from left to right) Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus), Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) introduce bill to increase penalties for sexual imposition by a health care professional.
Andy Chow

Lawmakers say health care professionals are in a position of power, and should receive increased criminal penalties if they take advantage of that trust to commit sexual imposition.

Chiropractor Found Guilty Of Sexually Touching Clients

Jan 30, 2019
former Clintonville chiropractor Ryan Smith
Synergy Chiropractic Wellness Clinic

A judge has found a former Clintonville chiropractor guilty of inappropriately touching 22 of his patients.

The judge sentenced 45-year-old Ryan Smith to serve 60 consecutive weekends in jail Tuesday, for a total of 180 days.

House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Larry Householder's election to Speaker of the Ohio House ended a months-long battle, and returned him to the role 14 years after he first held it. The vote also marked the beginning of some new work and maybe more changes in the legislature.

Amid Harassment Allegation, Householder Promises Reform In Ohio House

Jan 8, 2019
House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

In an unprecedented vote, the Ohio House has elected a new speaker, rejecting the Republican who had been serving in that position since June, when the previous speaker resigned.

Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are set for a second battle to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
Ohio House

Lawmakers in the Ohio House are about to vote on their next leader, potentially putting to bed drama that’s roiled the Statehouse for the better part of a year.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the ongoing contest for who will be the next Speaker in the Ohio House. Political reporter for Cleveland.com Jeremy Pelzer joins the show.

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Ohio House

In between campaigning and legislating, state lawmakers also found themselves in the middle of some high profile drama and scandal in 2018, including a leadership fight that continued through the end of the year.

Ohio House

After a contentious leadership battle, the Ohio House Republicans have held a vote to re-elect state Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) as House Speaker for the 133rd General Assembly. But the merits of the vote have been called into question.

Ohio House

The Ohio legislature has voted to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on a bill, SB 296, that would increase death benefits for the families of first responders but also hike wages for lawmakers and other elected officials.

Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are set for a second battle to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
Ohio House

When the Ohio House comes back Thursday to possibly vote on overriding Gov. John Kasich's vetoes, Republicans may also take their long-awaited informal vote for speaker.

However, the current dean of the GOP caucus says there won't be a vote until he calls it.

Ohio House

State lawmakers are coming back to work after Christmas to consider overriding at least one veto – if not more – from Gov. John Kasich. At the same time, Republicans are being pushed to hold a long-awaited vote for Speaker to lead the House next year.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
Bob Hall / Flickr

The behind-the-scenes battle over who will lead the Republican-dominated Ohio House next year isn’t just between supporters of current Speaker Ryan Smith and former speaker Larry Householder.

The Ohio House and Senate worked to pass a pay raise for themselves and other state and local government officials before the end of the year by attaching the measure to a bill, SB296, that would increase benefits for families of first responders who died on the job.

Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

As state lawmakers race toward the end of this lame duck legislative session, they’ve been considering two bills that Gov. John Kasich opposes: the six-week “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban and the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense bill. 

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
Ohio House

State lawmakers could return during their holiday break to override vetoes on the 'Heartbeat Bill' abortion bill and on a so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense bill, though removed the "stand your ground" provision opposed by Gov. John Kasich.

The Republican leader of the House is suggesting there may be another veto in the works that they could push back on.

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