OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A House panel has approved a resolution by newly elected Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman to abolish a committee established by his predecessor.
Members of the House Rules Committee voted 7-0 on Wednesday for the resolution to abolish a Calendar Committee that was created last session by former House Speaker T.W. Shannon to approve all bills before they could be heard on the floor.
Shannon suggested last year the committee would allow an open, bipartisan approach to scheduling bills for a floor vote, but critics said it was an additional unnecessary step.
Hickman said that while Shannon's intentions were good, the committee ended up becoming another layer of bureaucracy "that frustrated Republican and Democrat representatives alike."
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