Arkansas legislator escorted from House chamber

Arkansas legislator escorted from House chamber

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas legislative leaders say they're not sure why a lawmaker gave an incoherent speech on the House floor and had to be escorted from the chamber.

Democratic Rep. Mark McElroy of Tillar went to the House podium early in Friday's session and delivered a rambling, incoherent speech that referenced the morning prayer and awkwardly praised the governor and other lawmakers.

Several minutes later, amid a debate on a guns-on-campus bill, McElroy interrupted a speaker by standing up and applauding. McElroy was then assisted as he left the chamber.

House Minority Leader Greg Leding said he believed McElroy suffered some sort of medical episode and was seen by a doctor at the Capitol before leaving the building on his own.

McElroy didn't respond to calls or an email Friday.

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