Circuit Court Upholds Law Preventing State of Arkansas from Doing Business With Companies That Boycott Israel

On Thursday the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a law prohibiting the State of Arkansas and its public entities from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

In 2017 the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 710.

The law generally prohibits public entities in Arkansas from contracting with or investing in businesses that boycott Israel.

The law applies to state government, state agencies, state boards and commissions, political subdivisions of the state, public retirement systems, and public colleges and universities.

As a result of the law, any state contract valued over $1,000 must contain a clause stating that the contractor will not boycott Israel.

Following Act 710’s passage, Arkansas Times and the ACLU sued, arguing that the law places an unconstitutional condition on government contracts and compels speech.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock dismissed the lawsuit, but the case was appealed to the Eighth Circuit.

On Thursday the circuit court upheld the law as constitutional.

The decision said the law did not violate the First Amendment, noting that, “[Act 710] does not ban Arkansas Times from publicly criticizing Israel, or even protesting the statute itself. It only prohibits economic decisions that discriminate against Israel.”

You Can Read The Decision Here.

George Soros Targets Arkansas Election With Independent Expenditures

In April billionaire George Soros gave $321,000 to the Arkansas Justice & Public Safety PAC — an independent expenditure committee based in Washington, D.C.

Reports filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office show Soros is the group’s only financial supporter.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Soros’ money is funding independent expenditures in support of Alicia Walton — a candidate for prosecuting attorney in Pulaski and Perry counties.

Documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission indicate the Soros-backed committee is spending thousands of dollars on radio ads in the central Arkansas area.

Reports also show Arkansas Justice & Public Safety PAC has spent more than $100,000 on research and polling in Arkansas ahead of the May 24 primaries.

Soros is known for promoting leftwing policies such as marijuana legalization.

As far as Family Council can tell, this is the first time that George Soros has shown a direct interest in elections in Arkansas.

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