Dems decry GOP legislative rule proposals as ‘power grab’

At a Thursday meeting that Democrats decried as an illegal attempt by GOP lawmakers to rein in Gov. Steve Bullock’s emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans recommended several legislative rule changes – but denied it was any sort of a “partisan power grab.”

The Joint Rules Committee meeting, instigated and attended only by Republicans, did not have a full quorum and did not approve any new rules for operating the Legislature.