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SESSION SNAPSHOT: Drag queens, snow, masks and education at the Arkansas State Capitol

BY: - January 27, 2023

The third week of Arkansas’ 94th General Assembly began with the Senate’s passage of a bill to restrict drag shows the same as strip clubs and porn shops, and it ended with a long, tense hearing over a school bathroom bill. Between the culture war battles, the state House and Senate have started passing legislation […]

Drag performer Athena Sinclair speaks to journalists after speaking against SB43 during a senate committee hearing Thursday morning, Jan. 19, 2023. Senate Bill SB43 would define "a drag performance" as an adult-oriented business. The bill passed through committee with a recommendation for approval by the full Senate. (Photo by John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate/01/19/2023)

SESSION SNAPSHOT: Culture wars and the first bills of the Arkansas legislative session

BY: and - January 20, 2023

Week two of the Arkansas General Assembly has come to an end, and it feels like the session is now actually underway. Thursday had it all: a tense committee hearing on a divisive social issue, a school choice rally, a rally in support of drag performers and action on dozens of bills destined to become […]