Race to replace Ohio speaker who resigned hits another snag

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to replace the Ohio House speaker who resigned last month amid questions by the FBI surrounding his activities have hit another snag.

A vote on Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s interim replacement is scheduled Tuesday, but House Democrats are challenging that as improper because the session was added by the chamber’s acting leader, President Pro Tem Kirk Schuring.

Democrats say only the speaker can add a session day under majority Republicans’ own rules.

The rules dispute could add another delay to a process that has been rocky. Republicans hit an impasse last week when none of the three candidates to fill Rosenberger’s unexpired term could secure the 50 votes needed.

A House spokesman said Monday that GOP Finance Chairman Ryan Smith now has the necessary support.