Arkansas Governor Allows Bill Requiring Vaccine Opt-Outs to Become Law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Oct. 13 allowed a new law to go into effect that will allow employees to opt-out of vaccine mandates by proving they have acquired immunity to the CCP virus or by submitting a negative COVID-19 test. The bill became law without Hutchinson’s signature under a provision in Arkansas law which makes bills awaiting a governor’s signature to become law after five days. Governors have previously used this legal mechanism to express their disapproval of certain legislation, according to The Associated Press. “I am opposed to the current mandate by the Biden administration, but the solution is not to place additional mandates on employers at the state government level,” Hutchinson said on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. “The solution is not to put employers in a squeeze play between state and federal law,” the Arkansas governor said, according to The Hill. “Employers need the freedom …

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