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State Lawmakers apologize for fistfight over legislative disagreement

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BATON ROUGE, La. -

An argument over a bill turned into a fight between lawmakers at a Baton Rouge Bar. 

According to a report from the News Star, State Rep. Stuart Bishop of Lafayette and state Sen. Norby Chabert of Houma were the two involved in the fistfight at the River Room. Bishop said Chabert got several punches in during the confrontation.

"We had a gentleman's disagreement and settled it with our hands," Bishop told the News Star. 

"He's not happy with me over a bill," said Bishop, who blocked a bill from Chabert as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Bishop claims they are longtime friends with similar priorities. He added that he wasn't hurt and did not return Chabert's punches.

"I'm sorry it happened," Bishop said. "As far as I'm concerned, it's settled. But you'd have to talk to [Chabert]."

Police were called to the bar, but the two had already settled their squabble and left the bar by the time officers arrived.

Bishop is a representative from Lafayette. Senator Chabert is from Houma.

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