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Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Community Chambers Support Passage of SB622, Which Will Enhance Criminal Penalties for Crimes Motivated by Bigotry and Prejudice

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For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact Randy Zook, 501-680-1708

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas and the undersigned community chambers support the passage of SB622, important legislation that will enhance criminal penalties for crimes motivated by bigotry and prejudice. 

While this legislation takes a different approach than was originally envisioned, its passage will help protect victims of crimes that are motivated by the victims’ membership or association with a recognizable and identifiable class of individuals sharing mental, physical, biological, cultural, political, or religious beliefs or characteristics. The passage of this bill will be an important advancement in our criminal law and will give prosecutors a tool to help combat crimes motivated by bigotry and prejudice.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas and the undersigned community chambers support the state’s growing economy, which offers an unparalleled quality of life for its residents. Arkansas is filled with diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals who contribute to the state’s economic growth with innovative ideas and creative solutions to challenges. We are committed to making Arkansas an inclusive state that supports all who choose to live here. We must protect our co-workers, friends, and neighbors from being targeted for simply living their lives peacefully and authentically.

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Arkansas Chambers of Commerce

Northwest Arkansas Council

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce

Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives

Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce

Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce

Sherwood Chamber of Commerce

Newport Economic Development Commission

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority

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