BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana lawmaker has been rushed from a committee hearing on a stretcher after abruptly walking into a side room while clutching her chest.

Paramedics wheeled a woozy Rep. C. Denise Marcelle through a state Capitol hallway on Thursday following the commotion that temporarily halted a House criminal justice committee hearing.

Rep. John Bagneris says the Baton Rouge Democrat had collapsed in the side room but added that she was conscious and talking when he saw her. He says Marcelle didn’t want to go to a hospital but that legislators insisted she receive further medical treatment.

Lawmakers resumed the hearing after saying a prayer for Marcelle.