Originally Published: December 4, 2018 5:19 p.m.
State Rep. David Stringer's remarks continue to have fallout at the Capitol.
On Tuesday, Rusty Bowers, the incoming House speaker, abolished entirely the newly formed House Committee on Sentencing and Recidivism Reform that Stringer has asked be created.
Bowers already had removed Stringer as chairman of the panel following the release of his most recent remarks.
But the new speaker's press aide said Bowers now believes there is no need for the panel at all. Instead, he has directed John Allen, who was already named to chair the Judiciary Committee, to take a closer look at issues like what acts are crimes, what penalties are appropriate and ways to keep people from being repeat offenders.
Bowers also removed Stringer, who was going to be vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, entirely from that panel. And he separately ejected Stringer from the House Education Committee.
"Certainly given some of the comments he's made recently, the House Education Committee and the Judiciary Committee is likely going to encounter issues in its work where he would certainly be a distraction,'' Specht said.
Stringer's comments about race and assimilation also have included statements about integration of public schools and the cost of teaching English to students who come from homes where that is not the primary language.
But Bowers did agree to allow Stringer to continue to serve on the House Government Committee. That panel generally reviews legislation on the operations of state and local governments.