- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Newly elected Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman is proposing to abolish a committee established by his predecessor.

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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Online:

House Resolution 1044: https://bit.ly/1bH1b04

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