Hutchinson vetoes coronavirus bill to refund business fines

Updated: Mar. 23, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would require the state to refund fines imposes on businesses violating coronavirus safety rules.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday vetoed the bill, which he said would have sent the wrong message to businesses that complied with the state’s safety measures.

The sponsor of the bill said on Tuesday he’ll seek an override, which will only require a simple majority of the Legislature.

The House did not override the governor’s veto of SB301. The vote was 39-40.

The bill was vetoed as the state saw its virus cases and hospitalizations continue to drop.

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