Things are heating up in the weeks leading to the Sept. 8 civil rights special election in Fayetteville.
The Washington County Election Commission on Tuesday approved proposed ballot language for the Sept. 8 special election, which will decide the fate of the city’s Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance.
Voters will have another chance to decide the fate of LGBT rights in Fayetteville.
As promised, Mayor Lioneld Jordan has set his rules of conduct for the June 16 City Council meeting.
Fayetteville City Council members are less than a week away from formal discussions of a proposed new civil rights protection ordinance.
Alderwoman Adella Gray led a news conference from the steps of the Fayetteville Town Center Friday morning to announce a proposed new civil rights law.
Fayetteville aldermen will consider a new civil rights ordinance later this month.
A bill proposed Monday in the Arkansas Legislature would prohibit cities and counties from passing laws that offer protections based on sexual orientation or any other basis not contained in state law.
Aldermen will soon consider an ordinance that spells out exactly what a “For” or “Against” vote could mean in city ballot initiatives and referendum elections.
City Attorney Kit Williams has drafted a new anti-discrimination law to protect citizens whose rights were revoked when voters repealed the recently adopted civil rights ordinance.
Final unofficial results showed 7,523 votes (52 percent) for repeal and 7,040 votes (48 percent) against repeal.
Early voting totals show a lead for those seeking to uphold Fayetteville’s new civil rights ordinance.
5NEWS managing editor Larry Henry talked with Fayetteville Alderman Matthew Petty and state Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs about Fayetteville’s civil rights ordinance.
County officials said no ballots had been challenged by poll watchers as of Friday morning.
A shuttle bus will run from noon until 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 on the north side of the Union bus depot on the University of Arkansas campus.