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Bill introduced to ban "sanctuary policies" at Arkansas colleges and universities

(Source: Arkansas House of Representatives) (Source: Arkansas House of Representatives)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

A bill introduced Thursday in Little Rock would seek to prohibit so-called "sanctuary policies" at all state-supported colleges and universities in Arkansas. 

House Bill 1042, sponsored by Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro, would amend state law on the issue, creating a set policy in the state. 

"A state-supported institution of higher education shall not enact or adopt a sanctuary policy," according to the bill. "A state-supported institution of higher education that enacts or adopts a sanctuary policy is ineligible for moneys provided through funds or grants administered by the state until the sanctuary policy is repealed or no longer in effect." 

Under the bill, if a resident files a complaint about a possible violation, the state Attorney General has to issue an opinion stating whether or not the college or university is violating the law. 

"If the Attorney General issues an opinion stating that the state-supported institution of higher education has enacted or adopted a sanctuary policy in violation of this section, the state-supported institution of higher education is ineligible to receive moneys provided through funds or grants administered by the state until the Attorney General certifies that the sanctuary policy is repealed or no longer in effect." 
 
Before any funding or grant is given to a college or university, a lawmaker may request that the Attorney General issue an opinion as to whether or not the college or university is violating the law, according to the bill. 

"A state-supported institution of higher education deemed ineligible for moneys under this section is ineligible to receive moneys provided through funds or grants administered by the state until the Attorney General certifies that the state-supported institution of higher education is in full compliance with this section." 

Also, a college's board of trustees would be required to provide college law enforcement or security officers a printed copy of the law, with "written notice of his or her duty to cooperate with state and federal agencies and officials on matters of enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration." 

The legislative session starts Jan. 9 in Little Rock. 

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