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New Kan. Senate leaders pondering rules panel

Published on -12/13/2012, 7:11 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- 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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