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Jun 20, 2012 9:23 AM by AP

House conservative leader gives up committee post

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A leader of the conservative House Republicans at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal over financial issues is leaving his other legislative assignment to focus on budget matters.

Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann announced this week that he's resigned from the House Natural Resources committee to devote his legislative attention solely to his membership on the Appropriations Committee, which works on the budget.

Geymann also said he's giving up his Pentagon Barracks apartment, a perk offered to some lawmakers, often to those considered allies of top legislative leaders.

Geymann disagrees with Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckely and the Jindal administration over the use of one-time, piecemeal financing to pay for ongoing state services and programs. Geymann unsuccessfully led efforts to strip the funding and to shrink government spending.

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