Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (file photo)
will hold a press conference to discuss a so-called "religious freedom" bill at 10:30 a.m. today.
Many have called for him to veto HB 1228, including Walmart CEO Doug McMillon
and the top two executives at Acxiom
. Hutchinson has repeatedly said he will sign the bill, though he was exploring a compromise with Democrats
yesterday that would add clarification saying the bill would not authorize discrimination or make it lawful to discriminate. Even though HB 1228 already passed by both chambers, a separate shell bill (i.e. a bill filed without substantive provision) could be amended to add anti-discrimination provisions
Another thing to keep in mind is, even if Hutchinson does veto HB 1228, it only takes a simple majority of legislators to override a veto. And, of course, Republicans control large majorities in each chamber. The bill originally passed 72-20 in the House and 24-7 in the Senate.
The Human Rights Campaign
will host a rally at the state Capitol at 12:45 p.m. with HRC president Chad Griffin
, Acxiom's chief legal officer Jerry Jones