Past Updates for Arkansas

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  • 03/21/2017: The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a bill to allow same-sex parents to be listed on birth certificates.[1]
  • 03/07/2017: The majority-Republican Arkansas State Senate voted to add a Voter ID constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, after the last voter ID requirement passed in Arkansas was ruled unconstitutional.[2]
  • 02/25/2017: Officials in Pulaski Country and Little Rock have said they they will continue to enforce laws protecting LGBTQ+ people despite the recent State Supreme Court decision stating that these are illegal as local ordinances (rules) cannot give protections that are not in State laws.[3]
  • 02/17/2017: Arkansas passed a law to require 4 weeks of paid maternity leave to state agency workers. [4]
  • 02/01/2017 The Arkansas House approved a plan on January 31, 2017, to reinstate a voter ID law that was struck down more than two years earlier, with Republicans counting on a new state Supreme Court makeup to uphold the measure this time.[5]