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Here's some of the new Arkansas laws going into effect this week

From abortion restrictions to medical marijuana rules, there are several important laws going into effect on Wednesday, July 24.

On Wednesday, July 24, the newest Arkansas laws will go into effect. The laws include abortion restrictions, new medical marijuana rules, paid cancer leave for firefighters and more.

Below you will find a list of some of the most noteworthy laws going into effect.


Abortion restriction laws


Act 180 (SB149): Abolition of abortion

If the United States Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade, this law will allow Arkansas to make abortion illegal in the state.

Act 619 (SB2): Prohibits Down syndrome discrimination

Prohibits abortions because the unborn child may have Down syndrome.

Act 493 (HB1439): 18-weeks abortion ban

Bans abortions after 18 weeks except in a medical emergency or the pregnancy was caused by incest or rape.

Judge Kristine Baker is holding a hearing that challenges three of the new abortion laws.

Firearm laws

Act 1051 (HB1820) & Act 495 (SB400): Changing the list of prohibited weapons

Act 495 permits the use of a "firearm specially made or adapted for silent discharge" and Act 1051 removes machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles from the list of weapons prohibited from possessing.

Act 917 (HB1748): Veterans obtaining concealed carry license

Under this law a veteran who "voluntarily sought" treatment at a mental health facility may obtain a concealed carry license "if a circuit court grants" their petition.

Immigration laws

Act 1076 (SB411): Prohibiting sanctuary cities in Arkansas

The law prohibits Arkansas cities from refusing to "cooperate with federal immigration authorities and threatening to cut off their funding if they adopt 'sanctuary' policies."

Act 844 (HB1684) & Act 837 (HB1552): Supporting DACA immigrants in the state

Act 844 will grant in-state college tuition to those with DACA and other immigrants visas. Act 837 grants nursing licenses to DACA students.

Medical marijuana laws

Act 504 (HB1518): Hemp-derived CBD

Defines that cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol derived from hemp is not considered marijuana.

Act 928 (SB441): Prohibitions on advertising

This law adds restriction on how medical marijuana can be advertised and the use of certain symbols.

Other laws

Act 581 (SB75): Daisy Lee Gatson Bates & Johnny Cash statues at the U.S. Capitol

The law allows the two state statues at the National Statuary Hall Collection to honor Daisy Lee Gatson Bates and Johnny Cash.

Act 677 (SB514) & Act 1074 (HB1986): Prohibting "spoofing" robocalls

Although there are already laws that make robocalls illegal, more bills were passed to prohibit the practice and hold those callers more liable.

Act 816 (SB541): Evidence concerning religious sermons 

The state or local government may not compel a religious leader to turn over a written or recorded copy of a sermon or testify regarding the sermon.

Act 389 (HB1567): Sexual assault collection kits

This law establishes requirements for the kits as well as the testing requirements submitted to the state crime laboratory.

Act 463 (SB10): Prohibits sex offender from participating in Halloween

Level 3 or Level 4 sex offenders will not be able to participate in Halloween-related events or activities.

Act 973 (HB1773): Paid Cancer Leave for firefighters

The law creates a paid leave program for firefighters with "occupationally caused" cancer and creates a cancer relief network.

Act 568 (HB1556): Freedom of Information Act exemption

This law will exempt the "undisclosed and ongoing investigations" of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, and the Alcoholic Beverage Enforcement Division.

Act 812 (SB492): Establishment of Entertainment Districts

This will allow cities to establish an entertainment district that can be either permanent or temporary.

Act 1002 (SB654): Penalty for misrepresenting an animal as a service animal

You can be hit with a $250 fine if you are caught misrepresenting your pet as a service animal. The law does not mention support animals.

Act 913 (HB1674): Child Abduction Response Team

Arkansas will become the first and only state in the county to have certified child abduction response teams thanks to this law.

Act 489 (HB1708): An act to end child marriage

Persons who have turned 17 will be allowed to get married in Arkansas as long as they have consent from parents and appear before a judge.

Act 185 (SB168): Safe Haven Act amendment

An amendment to Arkansas's Safe Haven Act allows parents to safely place their unwanted babies at a "baby box."

Act 601 (HB1553): National Day of the Cowboy

On the fourth Saturday of every July, Arkansas will celebrate its cowboy heritage with National Day of the Cowboy.

For a full list of laws going into effect, click here.

This article has been updated to remove the tobacco age restriction law because it doesn't go into effect until September 1, 2019.