The Cincinnati Enquirer picked up this little nugget:

Another Republican, Sen. Scott Oelslager of North Canton, was removed from the Senate Rules Committee to avoid a split vote and get the bill to the 33-member Senate floor this afternoon. Seitz and Oelslager have voiced opposition to the bill.

There is absolutely no question that under the Senate Rules, Niehaus was within his power to remove these legislators from the committees.  However, he gets that power under Rules his own majority drafts and enacts.

The question is though: is this fair and democratic?  What’s the point of having a committee hear days of testimony and input if you’re just simply going to change the jury to get the result you want?  Isn’t this incredibly disrespectful to the people who testified and to the process?

What’s the rush, folks?