Rep. Hoover: 'Failed leadership' in both chambers at root of latest breakdown

04/13/2012 03:13 AM

Leaders of the House Democratic majority and Senate Republican majority deserve the blame for grinding the 2012 General Assembly to a halt, prompting a costly special session for lawmakers to deal with two key bills, said the House minority floor leader.

Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said after the House adjourned just before 11:59 p.m. Thursday that the insistence of top-ranking legislators to conduct negotiations over crucial bills in secrecy has undermined the system.

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Hoover’s Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats in the House by a count of 59-41. The House GOP minority would need a net gain of 10 seats in the fall election to take control of the chamber — a steep hill to climb.

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