Speaker Charles McCall made some key appointments known this week. Among them are two significant chairmanships of House committees. Sean Roberts will chair the Public Health Committee, and Tom Gann will chair the Administrative Rules Committee. These two conservative leaders were esteemed among the House Platform Caucus, of the last two years.
But The Journal Record tells a narrative of the big picture within the 76-member Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives. Journalist Catherine Sweeney of the Journal Record reports that caucus members are now specifically banned from actively seeking the ouster of their caucus colleagues. Speaker McCall intends to enforce this rule, but details are sketchy about how that discipline would manifest.
Tom Gann is an accomplished accountant and has a keen eye for efficiency. His corporate money management skills will be called upon when the Agency Performance Audit Commission(APAC) releases audits on 6 state agencies in the next couple weeks. The audits go beyond a simple fiscal accounting. They assess the operational structures and objective mandates of the agencies. The APAC laws require the agencies to implement the resulting recommendations of APAC. It will fall upon Gann's Administrative Rules Committee to stipulate these matters in specific legislation.