Senate budget writer leaves Mississippi Capitol in ambulance

Published: Mar. 22, 2018 at 12:05 PM CDT
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One of the top budget writers in the Mississippi Legislature was taken from the state Capitol by ambulance Thursday. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke appeared alert as he was taken from the building on a stretcher.

The 61-year-old Republican from Hollandale was talking on his cellphone as he was put into an ambulance.

Laura Hipp, spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, says Clarke has a medical issue and was taken to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson "out of an abundance of caution" and was being checked by doctors.

House and Senate negotiators face a Saturday night deadline to agree on details of a $6 billion state government budget for the year that begins July 1.