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March 19, 2004

Albany -- A powerful state representative blamed for holding up bills on tort reform and abortion lost the chairmanship of a house committee. Savannah Democrat Tom Bordeaux was chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee.

House Speaker Terry Coleman removed him from the post Thursday shocking many Democrats and Republicans.

"Terry Coleman the speaker is within his rights to remove chairman Brodeaux and try to get something about tort reform on the table and  give some relief to the medical community and everyday Georgia citizens," says republican Representative Ed Rynders.

An aide for Coleman wouldn't elaborate on the firing saying only that the decision was made because of "philosophical differences."

Other party leaders say Bordeaux was blocking several measures Coleman wanted to pass.

posted at 5:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com