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Was North Louisiana Forgotten with House Legislative Assignments?
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    The Fax-Net’s piece last week about northwest Louisiana being forgotten again when it came to committee chairmanships in the House of Representatives was picked up and posted on the website, deadpelican.com, for the whole world to see.
    We noted the most our area could hope for was a couple of vice chairs and membership on some powerful committees.  That hope came to pass.

    State Rep. Patrick Williams, D-District 4, was named vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee, a key post for the area.
    State Rep. Jim Morris, R-District 1, got the vice chair post on the Natural Resources Committee, and state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-District 5, is vice chair of the Civil Law and Procedure Committee.
    Here are the committee assignments for northwest Louisiana House members:
Rep. Jim Morris, R-District 1
    Natural Resources & Environment – Vice Chair.
    Appropriations.
    Labor and Industrial Relations.
    House Executive Committee.
    Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
    House Committee on Homeland Security.
Rep. Roy Burrell, D-District 2
    Administration of Criminal Justice.
    Appropriations.
    Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs.
    Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
Rep. Barbara Norton, D-District 3
    Administration of Criminal Justice.
    Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs.
    Transportation, Highways, and Public Works.
Rep. Patrick Williams, D-District 4
    Ways and Means – Vice Chair.
    Health and Welfare.
    Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-District 5
    Civil Law and Procedure – Vice Chair.
    Insurance.
    Retirement.
Rep.Thomas Carmody, R-District 6
    Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development.
    Commerce.
    Education.
Rep. Ritchie Burford, R-District 7
    Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development.
    Health and Welfare.
    Ways and Means.
    Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-District 8
    Commerce.
    Education.
    Retirement.
Rep. Henry Burns, R-District 9
    Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development.
    Appropriations.
    Education.  
    Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-District 10
    Commerce.
    Insurance.
    Retirement.
    Here, too, the area did pretty well with committee assignments.  Morris, Burrell, and Burns are on the powerful Appropriations Committee.  
    Williams and Burford are on the Ways and Means Committee, and Williams is also on the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
    So let the games begin.  The Legislature (House and Senate) will go into session at noon on March 12, 2012, and will adjourn no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4.
Roemer won’t quit
    Former Louisiana Gov. and U.S. Rep. Buddy Roemer of Bossier City, is refusing to be deterred in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination even though his showing in New Hampshire fell below expectations.
    In the New Hampshire primary, Roemer received 945 votes or less than 1% of the total votes cast.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in 6th with 1,735 votes.  Compare  that to winner Mitt Romney, who had 97,500 votes.  Neither Roemer nor Perry were awarded any delegates.
    Roemer blamed his poor showing on the fact that  he was not allowed to participate in any of the televised Republican debates.
    According to news reports, Roemer has decided to move his focus to Michigan and Arizona where primaries will be held on Feb. 28, eschewing the upcoming primaries in South Carolina and Florida.

by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net newsletter

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