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Legislators Unveil Bipartisan Hate Crime Bill Backed by Governor, Attorney General

Jim Hendren
Governor Asa Hutchinson and legislators unveil hate crimes bill on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

On Wednesday morning, a bipartisan group of Arkansas legislators unveiled their draft of a hate crime bill that would provide enhanced sentencing for crimes committed because of a person's race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Governor Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also announced their support for the bill. Currently, Arkansas is one of three states without a hate crime law.

Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news director and host of Ozarks at Large.
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