LA Senate approves Gov. Jindal's Lt. Gov. pick

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has unanimously confirmed Gov. Bobby Jindal's pick for interim lieutenant governor, Scott Angelle. A House vote also is expected Wednesday.

Angelle, a Democrat from Breaux Bridge, is currently working as natural resources secretary for Jindal. If approved by the House, Angelle will lead the office left open when Mitch Landrieu became mayor of New Orleans.

The appointment will last until either a new lieutenant governor is elected or the office is abolished, as Jindal proposes.

Meanwhile, the governor's push to strip the lieutenant governor of his responsibilities over museums, state parks and tourism has been rejected by a House committee.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-8 against the idea Wednesday, but it could be brought up again later this session.

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