Proposed Bill That Prohibits Future Civil Rights Ordinances Passes Senate Committee

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The Senate’s City, County and Local Affairs Committee approved a bill that would keep cities in the state from passing civil rights ordinances that are different from the federal law, officials say.

Arkansas Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, filed the bill in Little Rock on Feb. 2.

Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams said he wasn’t surprised to hear the state legislature may consider a bill that prohibits passing laws, like the civil rights ordinance, which Fayetteville voters repealed in December.

“I predicted, to the city council, that the legislature would attempt to preempt the area of civil rights so that Fayetteville, nor any other city, could pass an ordinance to protect the rights of gay and lesbian citizens from being discriminated against,” Williams said.

According to Hester, his bill would keep cities from making civil rights laws that go further than protections already offered by federal law.


    • John

      He’s more than a clown.. He’s a hypocritical right wing Jesus loving nut.. All we ever hear is how the states should govern by their standards.. States rights etc.. But now they want to defer to the Feds on this one.. You can’t have it both ways and have any legitimacy.. How do these people not understand this.. And why would you sponsor any bill restricting civil rights? Is this what their hero Jesus would have done? It’s an absolute joke!!

  • Kevin

    I still don’t understand what the big deal was…..I think its perfectly ok if a business doesn’t want to serve people for whatever reason they want I’ll just find somewhere else to shop…Its not like theres one store in the state.

    • John

      Like back in the 60s when a business owner wouldn’t serve blacks just because they didn’t want to? It’s called discrimination.. Pretty simple concept really.. All should have equality..not just white males!!

  • not the mama

    Just because you are called a lawmaker doesn’t mean you have to keep making stupid laws, if you can’t come up with a good law don’t file one! There are so many stupid laws being proposed now, now they want to double their salary and do away with term limits, what a bunch of genius’!

  • Harold

    Confess your sins to Jesus. You know homosexuality is wrong. The rest of the straight world is sick of the rhetoric boasting from all of the LBGT groups and supporters .

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