ARKANSAS — Today, the Arkansas legislature passed Senate Bill 622, a vague and unenforceable sham ‘hate crimes’ bill that does nothing to protect Arkansas’s most targeted communities from bias-motivated crimes. This comes after Governor Asa Hutchinson signed four anti-LGBTQ bills into law this session. SB 622 does not enumerate any specific protected characteristics, is unconstitutionally vague, and contains anti-LGBTQ provisions. The bill is harmful and fails to address the scourge of hate crimes in Arkansas. HRC urges Governor Hutchinson to veto this harmful, deceptive bill.
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