Senate Majority Leader and head of the Senate's Courts of Justice Committee laid down the law in a terse exchange with Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, when the committee met Monday.
Senate Democrats on the committee objected to what was essentially a new hearing for one of a series of bills that had to be re-voted on by the committee because of a technical snafu last week.
Last week it came to light that some members of the committee who voted by proxy on a number of measures were not physically on the Capitol grounds, which is a no-no.
Norment had the committee, with all members present, redo it's votes without retaking up the pieces of legislation - except one allowing the state's Medicaid fraud investigators to carry guns and have law enforcement powers. On that bill, members of the committee re-debated the merits of the proposal.
Democrats on the committee objected, and at one point Lucas, who was against the measure, said, "This is way out of line."
"I'll run this committee," Norment retorted as the measure, which failed last week, passed when the new vote was taken.