Arkansas House to consider committee selection rules

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The speaker of the Arkansas House says changes will be considered to the rules for selecting committee members.

     The comments come after Democrats secured 11 of the 20 seats on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, despite being the minority party and losing seats in the Nov. 8 election.

     Committee assignments are currently based on seniority and Republican Speaker Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia did not offer a specific proposal for change. Gillam told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that there will be discussions to determine what options are available.

     Republicans currently hold a 75-25 majority in the House.

     The GOP holds a 26-9 majority in the state Senate and on Nov. 16 voted to require that at least five members of each eight member committee come from the majority party.


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