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CAIR Welcomes Introduction of Hate Crime Bill in Arkansas Legislature

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the introduction of anti-hate crime legislation in the Arkansas legislature.   

On Monday, state lawmakers in Little Rock filed legislation combating hate crimes, the latest in a series of attempts. The bill is designed to strengthen penalties for discrimination based on sex, national origin, religion, and a number of other factors.

Penalties under this new bill could increase sentences by up to 20 percent. Arkansas currently has legislation increasing sentences for hate crimes by law enforcement and first responders. However, it is among the few states (Arkansas, South Carolina, Wyoming) without existing anti-hate crime legislation. Previous attempts have been made in the state legislature and have yet to succeed.

The latest hate crime bill will be introduced when the legislature comes back into session, in mid-January 2021.

SEE: Arkansas Lawmakers File Hate Crime Bill

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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