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story.lead_photo.caption Senate Resolution 19 was filed by Arkansas Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis.

The Arkansas Senate floor was used for both legislation and lamenting as one lawmaker read his resolution requesting NCAA referees be better taught in the wake of the University of Arkansas’ nail-biting loss against North Carolina.

In Senate Resolution 19, Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, states the basketball team’s “devastating and grievous loss” in the NCAA Tournament left “fans trying to find the strength to carry on, children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions.”

That loss was “aided and abetted” by a referee’s “profoundly poor” call, the resolution states. Therefore, Ingram wants the Senate to encourage the NCAA to better educate basketball officials in order to spare other teams the same “cruel and undeserved fate at the hands and whistle of a pinhead dressed in stripes.”

The legislation also requires a copy of the resolution to be sent to the President of the NCAA from the Secretary of the Senate.

The resolution was read for the first time around 11 a.m. and adopted 17 seconds later.


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  • KjTucker
    March 23, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.

    I know this is supposed to be a joke, but it really isn't funny that state legislators choose to waste their time and our money on such inanities. No boss would want their employees posting comments about basketball games on Facebook while "on the clock," and this is the legislative equivalent. How about addressing reality, y'all, and saving this nonsense for the "letters to the editor."

  • TimberTopper
    March 23, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

    Why doesn't this good Senator resign, as he is not doing the peoples business with this kind of crap. No doubt he is not needed in the Senate if he has time to waste on crap like this.

  • hurricane46
    March 23, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

    While you're at it why don't you guys adopt a resolution to make the Hogs play ASU, now THAT would be interesting.

  • Foghorn
    March 23, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.

    Amen, KjT. His constituents should run Ingram out on a rail. Maybe the moron has a future in standup. Nah.

  • RaylanGivens
    March 23, 2017 at 2:09 p.m.

    Makes as much sense as the cheese dip challenge from last year the Ledge had with Texass

  • Zepplin1
    March 23, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

    i believe this is the definition of 'butt-hurt.'

  • sagespirit
    March 23, 2017 at 2:24 p.m.

    And we elected this dude! As if Arkansas doesn't have more pressing problems like being #1 in senior hunger, failing school districts, possible loss of the expanded Medicaid that covers so many of our lower income people, kids going hungry....and he has the time to do this!!!

  • jasoncrawford522yahoocom
    March 23, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.

    Gross incompetence is shown by this good ol boy,he's more worried about college sports than the fact that Ark is 48 out of 50 when it comes to poorest states.Poor leadership in the state senate can be attributed to this fact.Here we have some proof of the type of useless leaders that is holding our great state back.

  • Knuckleball1
    March 23, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.

    Hey, he is doing what he thinks is best... Arkansas is one of the 10 poorest states in the Nation but one of the top 10 in Coaches salaries...!!!! Goes to show you where the priorities in our state are.... The Lunacy Crew at work...!!!

  • BpLrAr
    March 23, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

    Definitely a waste of time and money. But that's business as usual for those Arkansas Legislators who are too busy serving their corporate masters instead of their constituents.