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Westrom runs House for a day

State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, acted as speaker of the House for the second time Tuesday afternoon.

Westrom, who is blind, relied on a staff member to tell him what lawmakers were waiting to speak on the tax bill members were debating.

"It's good to see you up there," Representative Connie Doepke, R-Orono, said to Westrom when she rose to speak.

Other lawmakers made similar comments.

Westrom ran the chamber once last year, likely the first blind person to do so in the country.