Democrats lead some Louisiana House panels, but GOP controls

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Louisiana’s new Republican House speaker has rewarded his Democratic supporters with top leadership positions on five subject-matter committees.

But House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is keeping those key chairmanships on financial and redistricting panels reserved for GOP lawmakers.

The Ascension Parish Republican won the House speaker’s position because Democrats backed him in a bloc.

He announced the membership breakdown of the House’s standing committees late Monday night.

Democrats are taking the helm of five panels: the criminal justice, labor, transportation, insurance and judiciary committees.

Republicans will be in charge of 11 committees.

GOP lawmakers will oversee the high-profile tax and budget panels, along with the committee tasked with redrawing political maps next year.

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