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Rutledge: Supreme Court Unanimously Reaffirms State’s Authority to Ensure Uniformity of Anti-Discrimination Laws


January 31, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement in response to the Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously upholding the Arkansas Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act and declaring Fayetteville’s attempt to circumvent state law as invalid in Protect Fayetteville v. Fayetteville and unanimously reversing the circuit court’s decision denying legislative and executive privilege in a companion case.

“Today’s unanimous decisions reaffirm the State’s authority to ensure uniformity of anti-discrimination laws statewide and to prevent businesses from facing a patchwork of nondiscrimination ordinances,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These decisions show that the City of Fayetteville is not above or immune from State law.”

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