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Mar 31, 2010 6:50 PM by Melissa Canone

LA House Speaker Announces Committee Shuffle

Speaker Jim Tucker announced a number of changes in committee memberships today saying, "These changes are due to several factors including the untimely death of Avon Honey, the election of Karen Carter Peterson to the state Senate, and the election of Joel Robideaux to the position of speaker pro tempore."

Nick Lorusso - Appointed to the House & Governmental Affairs Committee which requires removal from the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.
Noble Ellington - Appointed to the House Insurance Committee and removed from the House & Governmental Affairs Committee.

Rosalind Jones - Appointed to the House Appropriations Committee which requires removal from the House Commerce Committee.

John LaBruzzo - Appointed to the House Civil Law & Procedure Committee and removed from the House Appropriations Committee.

Charmaine Stiaes - Appointed to the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and removed from the House & Governmental Affairs Committee.

John Schroder - Appointed to the House Civil Law & Procedure Committee and removed from the House Appropriations Committee.

Kevin Pearson - Appointed to serve as chairman of the House Retirement Committee.

Neil Abramson - Removed from the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.

Cameron Henry - Appointed to the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.

James Armes - Appointed to the House Appropriations Committee which requires removal from the House Transportation, Highways & Public Works Committee.

Nancy Landry - Appointed to the House & Governmental Affairs Committee which requires removal from the House Natural Resources & Environmental Committee.

All changes are effective immediately.

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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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