Karen Carter Peterson’s playing addiction says it doesn’t affect her work. On the contrary, Senate leaders stated they hoped Peterson could retain to serve at the Judiciary B Committee, which oversees maximum law related to playing and casinos unless she doesn’t feel relaxed doing so. Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, stated her non-public struggles would make her a greater treasured member of the committee because it offers her a attitude that different participants don’t have.
“I didn’t see anything there that prompted me any difficulty,” stated Alario, who has the power to do away with Peterson from committees and management positions if he desires. Four of the six senators who serve on that committee with Peterson were additionally interviewed Saturday and stated they weren’t involved in choices Peterson had made concerning casinos or playing. Peterson, who is additionally the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, has served inside the Legislature for 2 a long time – first as a House member after which as a country senator. She is seeking reelection this autumn. “Karen is a expert. I’ve been knowing her a long time and trust her judgment about what she can, and may’t do,” stated Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, who’s the chairman of the Judiciary B Committee. “I’ve served together with her on Jud(fiduciary) B for years, and I’ve never seen a hassle,” said Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, who became chairman of the committee before Smith.