Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mike Miller's Turn

Senate president Mike Miller has made a change in the subcommittee structure of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, with at least one person losing a subcommittee chairmanship.

In recent years, most of the work has been divvied up among three subcommittees (with two others having less of a caseload). Now, those three subs have been reduced to two.

The work of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee is being subsumed into a new Health, Education, and Human Resources Subcommittee. Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, chair of the old subcommittee dealing with education issues, will be chair of the modified subcommittee.

What adds a little political drama to this bureaucratic change is the connection to the recent special session: The chair of the now-defunct Health and Human Services Subcommittee was Sen. Rona Kramer, who voted against the tax bill that Miller was pushing. I can't help but wonder if there is a connection between her vote then and the current restructuring.