Beason removed as Rules committee chair

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November 30, 2011

By Geoff Pallay

Alabama

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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