State Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:13 AMState Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, said Tuesday he is stepping down from the House Natural Resources Committee so he can spend more time working on the state’s budget as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Geymann — one of the most outspoken fiscal conservatives during this year’s session — said he started thinking about leaving the committee before the session ended.
“I wanted to make myself more available to work on (the budget) because it’s the biggest priority in the state,” he said. “Moving forward, I see the budget issue becoming more complex. It’s going to require more research and information gathering than we did last year.”
Geymann said he is also giving up his apartment in the Pentagon Complex in Baton Rouge, where some lawmakers stay during the session. “I just wanted to make it crystal clear that it’s not about the perks,” he said. “I want to resolve the budget issue.”
Geymann shares a desk in the House chamber with Rep. Jim Morris, R-Oil City, who recently lost his position as vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. The two criticized lawmakers’ approval of using one-time money to pay for recurring expenses.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, appointed Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, to replace Morris as vice chairman.
Geymann said he will spend the next few months working with other fiscal conservatives on reforming the state’s budget. “We made a lot of progress this session; we’re not going away,” he said. “We’re very determined as a group to get this done.”
Posted By: Billy-Ray On: 6/21/2012
You liberals don't know a tac hammer from a 2 by 4. I swear, everytime somebody tries to standup and do something to fix something, alls you liberals do is get all sensitive about the "legislative process".
Posted By: Matt Sanduskee On: 6/21/2012
Steven you are so right! Jindal will probably veto Geymann's right to be a Louisiana resident. Kleckley will probably join in the photoshoot.
Posted By: Steven Jonesky On: 6/20/2012
Better not tell Jindal or Kleckley about this. Geymann's house would probably be reassessed or claimed under the right of eminent domain.
Posted By: John Smith On: 6/20/2012
It is nice to see someone actually standing up for what they believe in despite the obvious consequences (aka Jindal and Kleckley retribution).