New Rules for Representatives

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Thursday, January 18 2007 Jan 18, 2007 Thursday, January 18, 2007 2:08:30 PM CST January 18, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Republican House leaders are gaining more power at the Missouri Capitol. The House today approved new rules that give chamber leaders greater power in awarding committee assignments, office space and parking spots. New rules are generally approved every two years. This year's changes would allow the House speaker to appoint minority party members to special committees. House Democratic Leader Jeff Harris, of Columbia, called the changes a "power grab" by Republican House Speaker Rod Jetton. But Democratic House member Terry Young, of Independence, called fellow Democrats' opposition "purely partisan." Several members of the Black Caucus, which is all Democratic, also supported the new rules.

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