New House Speaker Wants To Abolish The Calendar Committee

Feb 24, 2014

Newly elected Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman is proposing to abolish a committee established by his predecessor.

House Speaker Jeff HIckman
House Speaker Jeff HIckman
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Hickman on Monday scheduled a hearing for a resolution to abolish a Calendar Committee that was created last session by former House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

The Calendar Committee was set up 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.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. David Dank called the Calendar Committee a "nuisance layer."

Hickman's resolution to abolish the Calendar Committee is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the House Rules Committee.

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