by: JonChristopher Collins
On Wednesday Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed bills into law; these new laws ban the state government and local governments from requiring the vaccine or proof of vaccination to obtain or receive services.
Hutchinson made a statement regarding his action. “These bills confirm my position that there should not be a COVID-19 vaccine requirement as a condition of employment in state government,” he said. He added that it does have exemptions and noted that it gives businesses the freedom to make their own choices.
The ban applies to additional services and activities too. The ban keeps unemployment from coming with the condition of vaccination or proof of it; however, as stated in an Associated Press report, the measure “includes some exceptions, such as state-owned medical facilities, if approved by Legislative Council.”