Louisiana lawmaker ousted from top spot after opposing Jindal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state lawmaker has been ousted from his leadership position, a day after voting against a tax break sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Bogalusa Rep. Harold Ritchie says he was told he was removed as vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee because he voted against the measure, which would give a dollar-for-dollar state tax rebate to people who donate money to a nonprofit that gives out grants or scholarships to private schools. The measure is part of Jindal's education overhaul package this session.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley announced a new vice chair for the committee late Wednesday with no explanation. On Thursday, he said he wouldn't comment on the personnel issue.

Despite Ritchie's no vote, the measure easily passed the House Ways and Means Committee, in a 15-4 vote.

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