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FBI agents seized records from the home and a storage unit in Wilmington of former Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger earlier this year as part of its investigation into potential bribes and kickbacks from the payday lending industry. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law a proposal cracking down on the payday lending industry. 

The Ohio House Tuesday approved Senate changes to a bill cracking down on the payday lending industry. 

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The Ohio Senate has approved its version of a bill to overhaul the payday lending industry. 

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The Ohio Senate has introduced amendments to a House-passed payday lending bill. 

Republican Ohio Senate President Larry Obhoff tells the Associated Press the chamber will not pass a payday lending bill before breaking for the summer. 

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Proposed changes are coming to an Ohio House-passed bill cracking down on the payday lending industry. 

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The Ohio House on Thursday approved legislation capping interest rates on short-term loans, a measure that had languished for more than a year. 

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After two months of impasse, the Ohio House has a new Speaker. 

The Ohio Ballot Board Tuesday certified a payday lending proposal as a single ballot issue.  

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Ohio House members will be called back to Columbus next week to resolve the Speakership fight one way or another. 

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This week marked the second in a row without a voting session in the Ohio House.

Dan Konik

Accusations are flying at Broad and High as the Ohio House continues in disorder without a Speaker. 

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Ohio House sessions for the week have been cancelled due to the fight among majority Republicans over who will be the next Speaker. 

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 FBI agents Wednesday raided  former Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's home in Clarksville and a nearby storage unit. 

Andy Chow

The Ohio Attorney General's office has certified a ballot proposal to cap interest rates on payday loans and impose additional regulations. 

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An Ohio House committee has approved a bill to crack down on payday lending without making any changes – a week after the House Speaker resigned and a vote was halted. 

At Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami this week, executives with the nation's payday loan industry are holding their annual conference with receptions, breakout sessions and a golf tournament.

Outside the gates of the resort Tuesday, a smaller group gathered to hold a protest. They were trying to shame an industry that they say preys on the vulnerable, by lending them money at interest rates as high as 200 percent to 300 percent a year.

Ohio House of Representatives

Republican legislative leaders from at least four states have acknowledged taking part in a summer trip to London with lobbyists and Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who resigned last week amid a federal probe of his activities. 

Ohio House of Representatives

Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is stepping down immediately, moving up the May 1 resignation he announced earlier this week amid talk of an FBI investigation into his activities with payday lending industry lobbyists. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray says it was "highly inappropriate" for Ohio Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine to call Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger in the middle of a federal investigation and the exchange should be investigated.

Andy Chow

Majority Republicans in the Ohio House balked at passing a bill to reform the payday lending industry just hours after the Speaker stepped down amid an FBI inquiry. 

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Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he will resign effective May 1, amid talk of an FBI investigation into his activities. 

Andy Chow

A battle is brewing over payday lending in Ohio. 

Supporters of capping Ohio's interest rates on payday loans are working to correct errors and resubmit petition language after their first try was rejected. 

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment capping interest rates on payday loans at 28 percent have delivered petition signatures to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday to get the measure onto the November ballot. 

The group pushing for payday lending reform is taking their fight to Ohio voters.

Payday lenders appear to have a powerful friend in Washington.

Former Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney is the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was appointed by President Trump amid an ongoing a power struggle for control of the bureau.

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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.

Many payday lenders could go out of business if rules made final this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go into effect. But the changes face stiff headwinds from Republicans in Congress.

One new rule would require payday and auto title lenders to determine whether a borrower can afford to repay in full within 30 days. That could thwart a business model that consumer advocates say relies on the rollover of unpaid loans with the accumulation of exorbitant fees and interest rates of 300 percent or more.

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