2011-02-03 / Local & State

Pa. House GOP Power Move Provokes Democrat Outrage

By Mark Scolforo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A proposal by Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to cut Democrats from legislative committees and limit the minority party’s ability to amend bills is drawing an outraged response.

Shouting and catcalls from upset Democrats erupted Wednesday during a Rules Committee hearing at which the GOP-backed changes were voted on for consideration by the full House.

Republican Leader Mike Turzai says the rule changes are in response to what he considers obstructionist Democratic amendments to six pending government-reform bills.

Turzai says his goal is “a disciplined floor process,’’ but Democratic leaders say the proposals would disenfranchise them and their constituents.

The result of the Rules Committee vote wasn’t immediately clear.

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