It’s been a difficult past two weeks for Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton. First, provisions he had added to a school-finance bill that he introduced were publicly rejected and disowned by House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell. Last week, Rhoades insisted that those provisions were still on the table. Then he got angry on the House floor after other lawmakers groaned loudly when he claimed that the state’s renewable portfolio standard would cause electric rates to increase 40 percent. On Monday he resigned as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and was replaced on the committee.
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