Lawmaker apologizes for House outburst

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A state lawmaker is apologizing for an outburst on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives in which she repeatedly shouted at the House speaker.

Rep. Juandalynn Givan issued a statement over the weekend that saying she “responded in a manner that did not reflect my character or political office.”

Video from Alabama Public Television showed Givan repeatedly shouting at House Speaker Mac McCutcheon during Thursday debate. After the House took a recess, the confrontation continued at the speaker’s desk.

Givan then left the chamber with security officers behind her.

The incident began after Givan was gaveled down for breaking decorum rules when she referred to Republican colleagues as “cowardly” while criticizing how the Republican majority runs the chamber.

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