Lawmaker still pushing for Clement law
BATON ROUGE- A lawmaker vows to try for a second time to get the state senate to force the LHSAA to change its rules after a popular football player was benched.
Monday, lawmakers voted in favor of banning certain schools from being a member of any interscholastic extra-curricular athletic association or organization that does not provide for third-party arbitration of eligibility issues. But, it did not receive a required 20 votes to pass.
Senator Dan Claitor wrote the proposal after Clement Mubungwira, 19, of Episcopal High, was denied the chance to play in the fall because of his age. Mubungwira is a year behind since he immigrated to the United States from the Congo at 12-years-old and had to learn English.
Claitor said the issue is not dead, and plans to bring the bill up for a vote again before the session ends in June.