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LeDoux Declares Only Her Voice Will Be Heard In Committee


April 27, 2017
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Chairperson of the House Rules Committee, Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) upset the House Rules Committee Wednesday when she proposed amendments to make changes to SCR2 thus changing the Senate resolution to a new piece of legislation that had not been heard by any other committee.

Then LeDoux refused to allow ammendments from Representative David Eastman and Republican Whip Mike Chenault (R-Kenai) coming after a week working with other legislators and attorneys at the Legislative Affairs Legal Division.

"Representative LeDoux believes in a process in which other legislators must come to her and earn her support before the voters they represent are entitled to have a voice in the legislature," said Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla).

"My constituents will have none of that – They have a word for that where I come from: "Corruption". No American, No Alaskan, should have to tolerate that type of Pay-to-Play mentality existing in the halls of their legislature," stated Eastman in a news release.

Rep. Chenault's amendment corrected the date of the resolution. Rep. Eastman offered a pro-life amendment relating to child abuse that was co-sponsored by all Minority members of the Rules Committee.

LeDoux refused the amendment to correct the date of the resolution saying she's then have to entertain the right-to-amendment by Eastmen.

When pressed Rep. Lora Reinbold why amendments from the other legislators on the committee were not allowed to be heard, LeDoux indignantly declared, "Because I don't want any amendments," according to the news release.

Rep. Eastman stated the rights of Alaskans to have their opinions and beliefs expressed through their representatives in Juneau were violated Wednesday by Rep. LeDoux.

"Such flagrant disregard for the legislative process is unacceptable and should not be tolerated," said Rep. Eastman. "House Republicans believe in a fair and open public process. I call for the immediate censure of Rep. LeDoux. That may be the way they do things in New York, but this is not how we should conduct the people's business in Alaska."

The Alaska House Rules Committee is the last stop before bills make it to the House floor for a vote.


On the Web:

1. Resolution Proclaiming April 2017 and April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month;
2. Resolution Proclaiming April 2017 and April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month;
3. Resolution Proclaiming April 7, 2017, and April 6, 2018, as Go Blue Friday.

1. Resolution Proclaiming April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



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