Senate Passes Bills that Amend the Religious Freedom Act

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas legislators pass a bill that amends the  controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” after Governor Asa Hutchinson asked to recall the bill Wednesday morning.

House Bill 1228 passed the Senate and was sent to the Governor’s desk on Tuesday, but the legislation has come under fire from groups who say it allows discrimination against the LGBT community.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed fixes to the bill late Wednesday afternoon that are said to mirror the federal law that protects religious freedom.

Senate passes SB 229 by vote of 26-to-6 to resolve impasse and Senate passes SB 975 by vote of 26-to-0. 

The House is expected to vote on the issue Thursday. 

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