BATON ROUGE, La., March 23 (UPI) -- The chairman of Louisiana's House Insurance Committee has been stripped of his post after voting against a tax bill backed by Democrat Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Tuesday that Rep. Troy Hebert, D-Jeanerette, was ousted from the committee chairmanship because he voted against a $160 million tax renewal on business utilities that ultimately passed by the smallest possible margin.
Blanco strongly supported the legislation.
Hebert would not comment on his removal but state House Speaker Joe Salter, D-Florian, who took credit for the move said Hebert knew when he made the vote what the consequences might be. "I explained how critical it was to the administration and me and the House, that if he was going to occupy a leadership position, he was going to have to go along with major votes like that," Salter said.
Since Blanco's election, the paper said, the Legislature has "followed its long tradition of letting the governor deeply influence its major positions." Hebert had supported Blanco during last year's gubernatorial primary.