During a news conference today at the Joplin Airport, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, was officially tabbed as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, according to a post on KY3 Political Blog:
The powerful chairmanship will give the Joplin Republican significant influence on the state's annual $20 billion dollar budget.
Nodler announced the Senate Appropriations Committee will formally begin work with a series of public hearings in December, earlier than in the past.
“The budget process is demanding and time consuming, but it is also the most important and only constitutional requirement the General Assembly must perform each year,” said Nodler at a press event today in Joplin.
In another related development, no one really cares who called the press conference. (See comments on the earlier Nodler story announcing the press conference if you don't understand the reference.)