Thursday, April 02, 2015

Arkansas Governor Tells Legislature To Revise RFRA Bill Sent To Him

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson yesterday, facing pressure from businesses in the state, asked the state legislature to recall from his desk the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that it passed on Tuesday (see prior posting) and amend it or pass a revised version of it.  AP reports that the state's largest employer, Wal-Mart, asked for the governor to veto the bill as did the governor's own son.  The legislature must act quickly since the version of the bill already formally sent to the governor becomes law automatically in five days if he does not veto it.  By last night, the state Senate passed a revised version that apparently limits the bill's use to actions in which the government is a party. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the revised version today.