Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Republican Arkansas Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Gender Transition Procedures [Update: Veto Override]

 As reported by NPR, Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson yesterday vetoed Arkansas House Bill 1570 ("Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act") which prohibits physicians from providing gender transition procedures to minors. Hutchinson told reporters that the bill would set:

new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.

A majority of the Arkansas legislature can override the Governor's veto.

UDATE: On April 6, the Arkansas legislature overrode the Governor's veto by a vote of 71-24. (ABC News).