He is right; that is the rule. The rules tells the speaker to send the bill to a committee made up of members appointed by him and with only one Republican, Rep. Rick Green, who just happens to be the only Republican cosponsor of the tobacco tax bill. The speaker is following the House Rule on how to assign the bill by assigning it to a committee where there is very little chance of two sides of the debate being heard. Rules are Rules!
However, I think perhaps someone ought to take a look at this rule. Why would a bill dealing with a tobacco tax not go to the Revenue and Taxation Committee since it deals with a tax increase or to the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee since it is to fund a health system? I would enjoy hearing a justification for and explanation of this rule. If not, perhaps it is time to get this rule changed.