LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An attempt by Arkansas lawmakers to enact a law banning mask warrants has been stopped by the state Supreme Court.
In a decision on Thursday, judges rejected a request by Arkansas Senate Speaker Pro Tem Jimmy Hickey Jr. and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd to stay an injunction issued by a lower court that prevents the implementation of Bill 1002.
The new law sought to prohibit public bodies such as the state, local communities, counties or schools from implementing mask requirements.
Several school districts have contacted Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to oppose the new regulation, saying it made returning to class less safe, especially for students under the age of 12 who were not eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. .
A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge issued the injunction after the parents filed a lawsuit challenging the measure. They were supported by leaders from several school districts, county judges and Hutchinson himself.