Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Senate Majority Leader Says Caucuses Private For A Reason

Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin of Mingo County on Tuesday reminded his colleagues that, essentially, what happens in caucus, stays in caucus.Ghaffin said House and Senate part caucuses are not open to the public or the press for a reason...in order to permit frank, open and sometimes very personal discussions of sensitive matters, including the selection of Senate leadership. He says matters are discussed and debated in a private setting to protect the comments of the members and encourage each member to enter an honest and open dialouge for the benefit of the state. The House and Senate will hold party caucuses on December 13th, at which time each party will select its nominees for Senate president, House speaker, and clerk, sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper for each house. Those officers will be formally elected when the 80th Legislature convenes on January 12th.

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