Eureka Springs Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance As Legislature Considers Ban

Feb 10, 2015

   

Sen. Bart Hester speaking on the floor of the Senate Monday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A bill that would prohibit cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances not reflected in state law is now headed to the Arkansas House. It was passed Monday in the Senate by a vote of 24-8.

The bill’s introduction by Republican Sen. Bart Hester followed the passage, then repeal of a local ordinance in Fayetteville that included protections for people based on gender identification and sexual orientation.

Monday night, Eureka Springs passed a similar ordinance before legislative action can be completed. From Fayetteville, Jacqueline Froelich with station KUAF has reaction. You can hear her report above.