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Apodaca to serve as Senate Rules Chairman again

Sen. Tom Apodaca will control the powerful Senate Rules Committee for another two years.

Senate President Phil Berger announced Tuesday he is re-appointing Apodaca, R-Henderson, chairman of the committee for a second consecutive term.

"Everyone was pleased with the results," Apodaca said. "We'll be pretty much the same as we were the last two years."

The committee is important because, among other responsibilities, it decides where to assign bills and whether amendments are proper and need to be voted on. This allows control of the flow of legislation and governance of how the chamber conducts business.

Berger called Apodaca "instrumental in keeping the Senate focused on our key priorities" over the past couple years.

"He continues to be one of my most trusted advisors, and I thank him for his service," said Berger, a Republican from Rockingham.

A lot has been made of a geographical power-shift to Charlotte with Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis hailing from the state's largest city, and Berger also from the Piedmont

Apodaca's continued presence on the Rules Committee, however, Berger said in a release, will ensure that Western North Carolina "continues to have a powerful and influential voice in the legislature."

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