LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas House has passed a Senate bill drafted after Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request on Wednesday for changes in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
The vote was 76-17. The amended measure now goes back to the governor’s desk.
SB975 tailors a proposed state “religious freedom” bill to narrowly track a federal version of the law and serves as an alternative to HB1228, which touched off protests from corporate leaders and gay rights activists.
Opponents had claimed the first version of the bill could have led to claims of religious justification in private business and discriminate against the LGBT community.