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  LaBruzzo no stranger to controversy, criticism
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Sep 28, 2008 04:24pm
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MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateSunday, September 28, 2008 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBATON ROUGE -- Long before he suggested that the state should consider paying poor people to be sterilized as a means of fighting "generational poverty," state Rep. John LaBruzzo had earned a reputation among colleagues for proposing bills with little chance of becoming law -- some because of their controversial nature and others because they seemed to spring up suddenly without much thought or preparation.

The Metairie Republican, whose sterilization comments made national news last week, also has tried to restrict the ability of undocumented immigrants to sue for medical malpractice, to prevent Louisiana State University hospitals from buying medical equipment in bulk, to have some inmates pay for the cost of their incarceration and to bar preschool teachers and cooks from collecting unemployment during the summer months when they're not at work.

"You don't know whether to laugh at him or run from him," said Sen. Joe McPherson, D-Woodworth. "He comes up with all kinds of outlandish proposals. They don't go anywhere. They keep him in the news, and maybe if that's what a politician is looking for, maybe he's accomplishing his purpose."

Critics say LaBruzzo sometimes introduced provocative measures without much background research or consultation with affected parties, a breach of legislative protocol that has, at times, proved embarrassing. Such was the case when he filed a bill this year to abolish the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission without first notifying the commission's chairman.
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