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Arkansas governor expresses regret about state's mask law

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 14:47:05-04

ARKANSAS — After reinstating a statewide public health emergency, the governor of Arkansas now says he regrets pushing Act 1002 into law.

Currently, Act 1002 prohibits state and local governments in Arkansas, including public schools, from requiring people to wear masks. The law went into effect July 28.

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an emergency declaration for 60 days due to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the state.

READ MORE: Arkansas governor declares public health emergency, calls for special session

During a press conference on Tuesday, Hutchinson admitted his regrets about passing Act 1002.

"Yes, in hindsight, I wish that had not become law, but it is law. So, our only chance is to amend it or for the court to find it as an unconstitutional element."

Hutchinson also asked the General Assembly to call in a special session so they could consider his proposal to loosen the ban.

At this time, children under 12-years-old are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Lawmakers convened at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the state Capitol. It is expected for Hutchinson's proposal to not pass.

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