Beason removed as Rules committee chair

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November 30, 2011

By Geoff Pallay


MONTGOMERY, Alabama: In November 2011, Scott Beason (R) was removed from his role as chair of the Rules Committee. He was replaced by Jabo Waggoner for the 2012 legislative session.[1]

Beason fell under heavy scrutiny in September 2011 after he made a comment referring to African-Americans as "aborigines."[2] In a press conference he apologized for the remark, saying it was a "careless and unnecessary" statement.[2] 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.[2]


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  1. Gadsen Times, "Beason out as Senate Rules Committee chairman," November 15, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Birmingham News, "Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason apologizes for calling black people 'aborigines'" September 28, 2011