BILL MINOR: Reeves lacks constitutional authority on appointments

No state law or constitutional provision conferred on Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves gives him the power he is now about to exercise: to appoint Senate committees and assign bills each will consider.

When the Senate adopted without debate Senate Resolution No. l setting out permanent rules of the Senate after the 2016 Legislature convened Jan. 3, that was the only authority, legally or otherwise, giving the lieutenant governor the vast power to control the structure and operations of the Senate.

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