GOP's Kittleman seeks change in Senate rules of operation

February 04, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Sen. Robert H. Kittleman proposed yesterday a change to the Senate rules that would require lawmakers to vote on every bill introduced in the legislature.

The rule change, which would affect only the Senate, aims to end a practice by committee chairmen to block passage of a bill by never bringing it to a vote. Kittleman, a Republican who represents Howard and Carroll counties, said the rule change, which would require a committee vote on each piece of proposed legislation, would help keep the process open.

Republicans and Democrats have been debating rules of operation since the beginning of the 90-day session. Republicans, the minority in the legislature, have been arguing that Senate rules favor the Democrats' agenda.

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