MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Here's the statement released by Democratic Chairman Mark Kennedy:
"After almost six months of watching them kick the can down the road, it's a relief to finally be able to congratulate the Republican Senate Leadership on doing the right thing by stripping Scott Beason of his Rules Committee Chairmanship. This is a powerful post, and whether he's telling folks to empty the clip on Hispanics or calling black voters 'Aborigines' on a federal wire tap, Beason has proven time and time again that he does not have the stature to be a true leader in the State Legislature. We have more important things to do in the upcoming session than hold our breath to see how Scott Beason will embarrass us next, and we are grateful to see the Republicans finally making protecting Alabama a priority over protecting one of their own. "
Senate President pro-tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) appointed Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) to take the position Beason held.
The position is one of the most powerful in the Senate. It controls the agenda and what bills come up for debate on the Senate floor.