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Arkansas governor allows bill targeting critical race theory in state agencies to become law

Added 05-03-21 09:57:02pm EST - “Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday allowed a bill targeting "critical race theory" in state agencies to become law without his signature.” - Thehill.com

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Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonPennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports Arkansas lawmakers vote to expand transgender sports ban Arkansas to require victims to report cases of rape, incest before getting an abortion MORE (R) on Monday allowed a bill targeting "critical race theory" in state agencies to become law without his signature.

The Associated Press reported that Hutchinson refused to sign the legislation and said that it "does not address any problem that exists" — but he did not attempt to veto it, either.

The legislation bars state agencies from teaching any "divisive" concepts during racial and cultural sensitivity trainings, including any concept that teaches that the U.S. is an inherently racist nation.

"[T]he paperwork and manpower requirements are unnecessary," Hutchinson said in a statement, according to the AP.

Arkansas's newest law is one of several being advanced by GOP legislatures around the country aimed at addressing critical race theory, a new frequent target of conservative ire that many right-leaning politicians have blamed for advancing progressive views on race and culture.

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