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Lawmakers pass bill inspired by refugee student

1 year ago May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday, May 22 2014 Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:51:34 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Lauren Langolis

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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