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Lawmakers pass bill inspired by refugee student

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Posted: May 22, 2014 2:51 PM by Lauren Langolis
Updated: May 22, 2014 2:51 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: lhsaa, high school, sports, arbitrator, Clement Mubungirwa

BATON ROUGE - A measure that would allow students who are ruled ineligible to play high school sports to appeal the decision with a third-party arbitrator will go to Gov. Bobby Jindal for final consideration.

The House voted 54-38 Thursday for Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor's measure, which would require the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to have a third-party arbitrator to rule on eligibility decisions when requested by the student.

The Republican lawmaker brought the bill on behalf of Clement Mubungirwa, a 19-year-old Ugandan refugee who was kicked off his football team by the association for being too old to play.

Opponents argued legislators should not meddle in a private entity's decisions. But supporters said it would ensure fairness for students.

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