LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Thursday voted to refund the fines the state has collected from some companies for violating coronavirus restrictions, as Gov. Asa Hutchinson ready to make an announcement in regards to the emergency he declared for the pandemic.
The measure, which handed 19-14, now heads to the Home for a vote and was sponsored by a Republican lawmaker who has sued difficult the state’s coronavirus restrictions. That lawsuit was dismissed by a Pulaski County decide and has been appealed to the state Supreme Courtroom.
“It reveals our constituents that we’re co-equal and dealing for them,” Sullivan stated earlier than the vote.
Hutchinson stated in a press release he opposed the measure “as a result of it undermines equity, compliance and public well being.”
The vote comes as Hutchinson has confronted pushback from some Republican lawmakers over the state’s virus restrictions, which have included a masks mandate and capability limits for bars and eating places.
“Plainly this invoice is extra about turf battle than the precise selections and the adjustments you make to code,” unbiased Sen. Jim Hendren, who can also be the governor’s nephew, stated to Sullivan throughout a debate in regards to the measure.