State Sen. Troy Brown, facing a domestic abuse battery charge, will give up his leadership role in the state Senate but only for the time being.
Senate President John Alario said Thursday that Brown agreed to step down as vice chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee until his criminal legal issues are resolved.
Alario said he discussed the matter with Brown. “It was a mutual agreement,” said Alario, R-Westwego.
Brown spokeswoman Marsanne Golsby called the committee position change “standard procedure.”
Golsby also said Brown won’t vacate the Senate District 2 seat he holds and was re-elected to this fall. She noted that the domestic violence crime Brown is alleged to have committed is a misdemeanor.
Brown, D-Geismar, is accused of punching his longtime girlfriend in the face Saturday night in a New Orleans hotel hours after the Bayou Classic football game.
Brown said Monday he can’t remember major details of the alleged incident and is seeking medical help.
The 44-year-old Brown proposed the creation of a domestic violence commission in 2014, although that bill was not successful.
Since the incident, questions have come up about whether he is a resident of Senate District 2, which includes parts of Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and West Baton Rouge parishes.
When Brown was arrested Saturday night in New Orleans, he told officers that he lives at 36518 Francine Circle South in Geismar, according to police report. But that house is not in Senate District 2, which Brown represents. It’s actually in Senate District 18.
In his qualifying documents, Brown listed as his address a small two-unit duplex in the Assumption Parish community of Paincourtville along La. 308.
The state constitution requires members of the state Legislature to have their domicile in their districts. While members can have multiple residences, they can only have one domicile, which is their primary home. Golsby has said the Assumption Parish home is Brown’s legal domicile.