Senate Committee to Consider Bill to Protect Fairness in Women’s Sports in Arkansas

On Monday afternoon the Senate Education Committee will consider S.B. 354 by Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover).

This good bill would prevent boys from competing against girls in female athletics in Arkansas.

In recent years we’ve seen biological males participate unfairly in women’s sports.

In 2019 a biological male who claims to be female won the female Cycling World Championship.

In other cases biological males have dominated at girls’ track and field.

S.B. 354 would prevent biological males who claim to be girls from competing in girls’ sports at school in Arkansas.

Letting males compete in girls’ sports destroys girls’ athletic programs. It hampers girls’ abilities to qualify for athletic scholarships, and it hurts their professional opportunities.

S.B. 354 would protect fairness in women’s sports at school and prevent these sorts of problems from happening in Arkansas.

You can read S.B. 354 here.

Arkansas House Public Health Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Abortion

On Tuesday the Arkansas House Public Health Committee passed S.B. 6 by Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) prohibiting abortion in Arkansas.

The bill contains exceptions for medical emergencies in which the mother’s life is at stake.

This is a good bill that Family Council strongly supports.

If enacted, S.B. 6 would save thousands of unborn children every year and give the federal court system an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade and other pro-abortion decisions.

This is an opportunity for Arkansas to be a real leader in the effort to end abortion in America.

Many people have been saying for almost fifty years that abortion should be illegal. The time has come for us to make it so.

S.B. 6 now goes to the entire Arkansas House of Representatives.

Legislation Clarifies Arkansas’ Video Voyeurism Law

On Monday Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R – Paragould) filed H.B. 1586 clarifying Arkansas’ law concerning video voyeurism.

The bill makes simple changes to state law that help clarify Arkansas’ video voyeurism statutes.

This is an issue that Family Council has worked on in the past.

In 2007 we helped secure passage of Act 187 strengthening Arkansas’ anti-voyeurism laws.

At the time, advances in technology had made it possible for voyeurs to take inappropriate pictures of people using cameras hidden in shoes, backpacks, and elsewhere. Act 187 of 2007 helped update Arkansas law to keep pace with changes in technology.

H.B. 1586 makes simple changes to Arkansas’ video voyeurism law that help clarify and strengthen the law even further.

Read The Bill Here.