The 92nd General Assembly kicked off on January 14th and the ACLU of Arkansas has been hard at work – defending civil liberties, fighting unconstitutional legislation, and making sure Arkansans have a strong voice in the State Capitol. 
 
Here are just a few of the bills we’re monitoring as the session gets underway. Make sure to watch this space for updates, and reach out to your elected officials to make your voice heard!  
 

Abortion Bans and Restrictions
Arkansas legislators have introduced a number of bills that would intrude on a woman’s personal medical decisions and push care further out of reach.

  • Senate Bill 2 (OPPOSE): SB 2 is an unconstitutional abortion ban that would criminalize abortion when the woman’s reason for the abortion is a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, a test result indicating Down Syndrome, or any other reason to believe the fetus has Down Syndrome.
  • Senate Bill 3 (OPPOSE): SB 3 imposes harsh penalties and punitive reporting requirements on physicians and health care providers who perform abortions, as part of a thinly-veiled attempt to shut down clinics and push care out of reach.
  • Senate Bill 149 (OPPOSE): SB 149 would completely outlaw abortion in Arkansas if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Voting Rights
The ACLU of Arkansas supports laws that strengthen and expand voting rights, so that all eligible voters can make their voices heard and participate in our democracy.

  • House Bill 1004 (SUPPORT): HB 1004 would create the Voter Integrity and Security Act, requiring automatic voter registration and establishing systems of outreach and voter education. The bill would also prohibit voter intimidation.
Freedom of Speech
The ACLU of Arkansas fights to safeguard the First Amendment rights of everyone within our borders. 
 
  • Senate Bill 236 (SUPPORT): SB 236 contains provisions protecting the First Amendment rights of public employees.

Privacy and Technology
The ACLU of Arkansas works to expand the right to privacy, increase the control individuals have over their personal information, and ensure civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by technological innovation.

  • House Bill 1177 (SUPPORT): HB 1177 would prohibit employers from requiring employees to have a microchip implanted in the employee's body as a condition of employment.

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