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New Kansas Senate Leaders Pondering Rules Panel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Kansas Senate's new Republican leaders are weighing changes in how the chamber settles disputes over its rules.

Incoming Senate President Susan Wagle said Wednesday one possibility is forming a rules committee, similar to one in the House. But Wagle said GOP senators haven't worked out the details.

New Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Hutchinson said another possibility is appointing a parliamentarian.

In the House, when questions arise, rules committee members have impromptu meetings in the chamber, and the chairman makes a finding. However, the House can vote to overrule the decision.

In the Senate, the member presiding over debates or votes makes a decision, subject to being overridden by the chamber.

Any changes in that practice would be considered after the 2013 session opens in January.


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