New Resource on How to Respond to Arizona Copycat Bills

To date, legislators in up to 22 states have expressed interest in introducing legislation based upon Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, despite a current federal court injunction barring implementation of many of its most draconian provisions.

Anti-immigrant Proposals Continue to Fail in Wake of Arizona’s Law

As this Dispatch will detail, after considerable media hype about Arizona-style bills sweeping across the nation, the reality is that from from Nevada to Arkansas to Massachusetts to Kansas and Rhode Island, anti-immigrant bills and ballot initiatives largely didn't move or failed to make this fall's ballot.  A key reason:  most state leaders and police chiefs recognize that requiring local governments to assume immigration enforcement responsibilities from the federal government will distract them from fighting violent crime and undermine trust with local residents that are essential to successful community policing.

AR: Immigration Ballot Measure Fails to Make Ballot

Secure Arkansas Proposal Fails Signature Threshold

Talk Business has learned that Secure Arkansas, the grassroots organization pushing a citizen's sponsored illegal immigration ballot issue, has failed to submit enough raw signatures for its measure to be considered for the November general election.

2010 Fiscal Session Roundup: Arkansas

The Fiscal Session of the 87th General Assembly convened on Monday, February 8, 2010, recessing the state’s first-ever fiscal session after passing bills determining lottery scholarship amounts for students and setting priorities for state spending for the next fiscal year.