Effort In Arkansas To Enact Hate Crimes Law In Jeopardy

Jan 8, 2021

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been pushing for the legislature to pass a hate crimes bill.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An effort to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas is in jeopardy, despite a push by the state's popular Republican governor and major corporations.

The leader of the state Senate has predicted the measure proposed for the session that begins Monday won't pass, and conservatives are working hard in the majority-GOP Legislature to defeat the bill.

The obstacles threaten what supporters calls Arkansas' best chance in years to end its distinction as one of a handful of states without a hate crimes law.

Georgia in June became the latest to enact a bill, leaving Arkansas, South Carolina and Wyoming as the remaining outliers.