93rd General Assembly: A Preview into Hot Topics
Reprinted with permission from the Arkansas Association of Counties. This information appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of County Lines magazine, the AAC monthly magazine.
The 93rd General Assembly convened on January 11, 2021, in what promises to be an interesting session for various reasons. In addition to adopting new procedures and adapting to the unknown in response to COVID-19, there are some hot topics that the General Assembly will consider in this session. Three of these will be of particular concern to county law enforcement.
Sen. Jim Hendren has pre-filed SB3, a piece of proposed legislation establishing certain hate crimes in Arkansas. SB3 is cosponsored by 14 House Democrats and two House Republicans and is also supported by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. According to Hendren, 47 other states have laws “that enhance penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of someone’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, status in Armed Forces, homelessness, or gender identity.” Arkansas, along with South Carolina and Wyoming, does not.
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