As the 2019 legislative session dawns, a new slate of committee chairs is taking over in the state House.
These chairs—all Republicans, as they control the House—have considerable sway on the legislation the chamber considers. They decide which bills are granted debate, ergo, which ones make it to the floor for votes.
It is difficult for lawmakers in opposition to circumvent committees.
One of the biggest questions ahead of committee assignment announcements was where Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe would be placed.