House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) remains elusive on whether House members for recent comments on the House floor that have caused resounding drama for the past two weeks.
Last week, State Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham) used debate time on a bill regarding parental rights sponsored by State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) to protest legislation on absentee ballots. During the debate, Givan used lyrics from a Jay-Z song to imply the N-word towards Paschal.
Watch: Democrat State Rep. Givan cites Jay-Z song to refer to Alabama's lone black GOP lawmaker as an 'N-word' — 'You gon' always be one when you walk up in here'
In the aftermath, House Pro-Tem Chris Pringle, who presided over the House when the comments were made, commented on Givan's behavior over the years.
See also: House Pro-Tem Pringle on Givan's racist Jay-Z tirade: 'Some days, her medication is not quite working'
On Thursday, Ledbetter told media that any disciplinary action taken against either Givan or Pringle was between himself and that member.
"We've talked to every member," Ledbetter said. Everybody's been talked to. "The thing about it is, I've had a lot of you guys, in particular, and different people ask for a quote. And my quote is that those are internal issues that we will handle internally. It's been handled. And, you know, I don't know what else to say about that; that's pretty much it."
When asked if any member had received any rebuke or correction, formal or informal, Ledbetter only replied, "That's between me and that member."
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