LaBruzzo loses House Health and Welfare vice-chair as a result of sterilization remarks
Rep. LaBruzzo loses House vice-chair over sterilization remarks
by Capital bureau
Monday October 06, 2008, 4:25 PM
BATON ROUGE — Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, who created a public furor last month with his proposal to pay poor women to be sterilized, was removed Monday from his position as vice chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.
Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie
In making the change, House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, said the Legislature “will undertake the enormous and difficult task of reforming health care in Louisiana in the next several months. Some of the comments made by Rep. LaBruzzo recently have impeded his abilities to help lead critical health-care reform and be an effective member of our leadership team.”
LaBruzzo could not immediately be reached for comment.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is working with the Legislature and state agencies on a health care plan, had been openly critical of Labruzzo’s suggestion, which for s short time drew national attention.
The House met briefly Monday to name a new member of the state Board of Ethics and to take up other matters in a non-lawmaking session. Rep. Rick Nowlin, R-Natchitoches, was named the panel’s vice chairman. LaBruzzo will remain a member of the committee.
Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, will replace Don Trahan as chairman of the House Education Committee and Rep. Frank Hoffman will replace Badon as vice chairman of that committee. Trahan, a Lafayette Republican, resigned last month to take a position with the Department of Education.