State Rep. John Bowman, D-St. Louis, for example, often joked about how he was part of a special committee dealing with agricultural issues. Bowman's district was almost exclusively urban.
This year, the new rules reduced the amount of special committees to under a dozen. And while the Democrats didn't get everything they wanted, many ended up voting for the rules. State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, publicly praised House Majority Leader Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, for making the rules easier on the Democratic minority.
Tilley, Richard and state Rep. Brian Nieves, R-Union, talked about the debate over the rules on Thursday: