Legislator treated after episode


LITTLE ROCK — A freshman legislator from Southeast Arkansas who had an episode on the House floor Friday was treated by doctors and released over the weekend and is expected to return to the Capitol on Wednesday, according to a House spokeswoman.

Rep. Mark McElroy, D-Tillar, was escorted from the House chamber Friday after giving a rambling, incoherent speech and later applauding loudly while another member was speaking on a bill.

McElroy said in a House news release Monday, “I want to thank my fellow members for coming to my aid Friday morning and everyone who has sent their well wishes and concerns. Doctors have made a diagnosis for a non-life-threatening condition. I truly regret the timing of the incident. However, I am now receiving proper treatment and doctors are confident this will prevent any future episodes.”

A woman who answered the phone at McElroy’s home on Monday said McElroy would have no further comment.