OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution by newly elected Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman to abolish a committee established by his predecessor.
The House voted 76-9 Thursday for the resolution to abolish the Calendar Committee that was created last year by former House Speaker T.W. Shannon to approve bills before they can be heard on the House floor. Shannon stepped down as speaker to focus on his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Shannon had said the committee would allow an open, bipartisan approach to scheduling bills for a floor vote. Critics say it was an additional unnecessary step.
Hickman says Republicans and Democrats have expressed frustration with the committee. Oklahoma City Republican Rep. David Dank has called the committee a "nuisance layer."
House Resolution 1044: http://bit.ly/1bH1b04
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