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Mar 31, 2010 2:42 PM by Letitia Walker

Penalties for Going Against Lafayette Lawmaker

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Speaker Jim Tucker says a few

lawmakers will lose their current committee assignments because of

their votes against Tucker's choice for the House's No. 2 leader.

Tucker said Wednesday that the lawmakers weren't losing prized

committee seats because they voted against him, but rather because

they gave their word and didn't stick to it.

The House chose Lafayette Rep. Joel Robideaux as the House

speaker pro tem. The vote for Robideaux was 53-48, a narrow margin

considering Robideaux had Tucker's backing.

Tucker wouldn't give names of those who would lose committee

seats because of the vote, but he says the committee shuffling

would be announced within a week.

It will be difficult to tell who might have been punished for

the pro tem vote because several committee seats already needed to

be reworked because of membership changes in the House.

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