Beason ousted from top chairmanship in State House

File Photo (WBRC)
File Photo (WBRC)

Alabama's top senator has ousted Senator Scott Beason from his top chairmanship in the Alabama State House.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Senate President pro-tem Del Marsh said, "There are many realities that led to leadership's decision, and I believe this decision is in the best interest of the Senate body as a whole."

Senator Jabo Waggoner from Vestavia Hills will replace Beason as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

During the state house corruption trial that concluded in August, some of Beason's comments where he referred to black voters in Greene county as "Aborigines" came to light.

Beason wore a wire for the FBI during its investigation into bribes to vote for gambling legislation.

He was also one of the key sponsors of Alabama's immigration law. He also blocked a so-called "homerule" bill which would have allowed Jefferson County to control its tax structure.

The Rules Committee is perhaps the most powerful committee in the Alabama Senate. It controls the agenda and what bills come up for debate on the Senate floor.

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