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The Latest: House to vote Thursday on new rules

January 9, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a vote on the House rules (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

The Montana House is expected to vote Thursday on rules that aim to curb potential Republican infighting while reducing some of the powers of the House Speaker.

The House Rules Committee voted 12-7 Wednesday to change the number of votes required to move a bill stuck in committee to the House floor from 60 to 58.

Democrats wanted to reduce that threshold to 51 votes, which would have allowed the 42-member minority party more chances to team up with moderate Republicans to advance certain measures.

Other changes would make it more difficult for bills to be sent to a committee to be killed. The proposal would require hearings to be scheduled for all bills assigned to committees and would require just 51 votes to move a bill from one committee to another or to change the membership of a committee.

10:20 a.m.

A Montana House committee has endorsed rules that aim to curb Republican infighting while reducing some of the powers of the House Speaker.

The House Rules Committee voted 12-7 Wednesday to change the number of votes required to move a bill stuck in committee to the House floor from 60 to 58.

Democrats wanted to reduce that threshold to 51 votes, which would have allowed the 42-member minority party more chances to team up with moderate Republicans to advance certain measures.

Other changes would make it more difficult for bills to be sent to a committee to be killed. The proposal would require just 51 votes to move a bill from one committee to another or to change the membership of a committee.

The full House is scheduled to hold its final vote later Wednesday.

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