Georgia state Rep. David Clark (R) on Tuesday was refused entry to the House chamber because he failed to take a COVID-19 test.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a state trooper escorted Clark from the House floor after he was asked to leave.
Under current rules, Georgia House members must be tested twice a week for COVID-19. It has reportedly been three weeks since Clark's last test.
“We have a member of this body who has deliberately failed at all to be tested as we begin session, clearly in violation of our testing policy, jeopardizing the health of other members of this chamber," Speaker David Ralston (R) said on Tuesday.
Clark later compared his refusal to get a COVID-19 test to his right to wear "American flag socks."
"The speaker is becoming a dictator," Clark said in a statement. "Where does this stop? The government can't do this. They can tell me next that I can't wear American socks because the make people feel uncomfortable. It's ridiculous."
Clark vowed to return to the chamber without a COVID-19 test again tomorrow.
"I'm going to show back up tomorrow and try to get in," he said. "I'm going to show up every day and work for my constituents."