On an otherwise dreary Wednesday afternoon, a newly instated and historical legislative body wasted no time in setting the tone for the 2011-12 session with a series of substantial changes in legislative procedure. Wielding a strong governing mandate, Republican leadership moved quickly to enact a new set of rules to govern their respective legislative bodies shaped by their years spent on the sidelines.
After spending over a century as the minority party in one chamber or the other, Republicans put forth rules that tended to be assertive, and at times, conciliatory. Bolstered by a dissatisfied public, these rules demonstrate a readiness to govern and project an image of strong leadership and momentum in the General Assembly that may fluster the new minority.
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