Beason removed as Rules committee chair
By Geoff Pallay
Beason fell under heavy scrutiny in September 2011 after he made a comment referring to African-Americans as "aborigines." In a press conference he apologized for the remark, saying it was a "careless and unnecessary" statement. The comment became public as a result of the investigations into bribery and corruption in the statehouse stemming from a bill related to bingo. Beason wore a wire for the FBI, and he made the comment when discussing legislation with a former legislator.