Today I spoke with Nina Hauptman from Last Chance for Animals about a bill that was introduced in the Arkansas House by Rep. Mark Lowery (R - Maumelle) "Concerning the Recording of a Conversation" HB1774 which would have made it illegal to record a conversation in any type of employment setting without the consent of all parties to the conversation. After the publicity this bill received through the actions of Nina and the organisation she works for, Mr Lowery withdrew the bill from consideration. What Nina has been able to accomplish should be a lesson to us all. We can stop unjust bills in their tracks even when companies like Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods are aggressively pushing for their passage.
I am posting this the day after Gov Asa Hutchinson signed into law the revised Religious Freedom to Discriminate law, which is marginally better than the law that was sent to his desk just 2 days prior. I don't know what this is going to mean to the LGBTQ community in Arkansas, but I do know that this will ultimately be settled in the courts and if it goes all the way to the SCOTUS it doesn't seem likely these Religious Freedom laws are going away under our present incarnation of the Supreme Court.