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6:45 am
Tue March 4, 2014

New House Speaker Shakes-up Leadership

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The newly elected speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has announced several changes to the chairs and vice chairs of various House committees.

Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman announced the leadership changes on Tuesday.

Among the major changes were Norman Rep. Aaron Stiles replacing Rep. Leslie Osborn as chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Mike Reynolds replacing Rep. Jason Murphey as chair of the Government Modernization and Accountability Committee. Osborn will now chair a budget subcommittee instead.

Hickman also named Rep. Earl Sears of Bartlesville to replace Rep. Tom Newell as vice-chair of the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

Most of the chairs and vice chairs appointed by former House Speaker T.W. Shannon remained unchanged.

Last week ended committee work for bills originating in the House.