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Lowery fills in a Speaker

Maumelle state Rep. Mark Lowery filled in for Speaker of the House Davy Carter on Monday, March 11 the busiest day of the current legislative session since it was the last day lawmakers could file a bill. Lowery sat in the Speaker’s chair high above the House of Representatives and listened as the House Clerk read the bills introduced that day and Lowery then assigned them to the appropriate House legislative committee to be considered. Lowery downplayed his role Tuesday saying he was just filling in but Carter must have confidence in Lowery or he wouldn’t have asked him to fill in. The committee a bill ends up in can often mean the difference between passage and failure. As one of the highest ranking freshmen house members, Lowery is poised for a leadership role in year’s ahead, Capitol observers said.

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