“Everything they (legislative committees) do is scripted. I’ve seen the scripts. They hand out a list of questions we are allowed to ask and they tell us not to deviate from the list and not to ask questions that are not in the best interest of the administration.”
—Rep. Joseph Harrison (R-Gray), on his removal from the House Appropriations Committee by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) on Friday, one day after Harrison voted against the Jindal administration on the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBS).
“I was elected by the people of (House) District 82 on a platform of fiscal responsibility. It is the job of legislators…to ask difficult questions necessary to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and wisely.”
—Rep. Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), on his removal from the House Appropriations Committee on which he served as vice-chairman following his vote against the Jindal administration on the proposed OGB contract.