Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson vetoes bill banning youth gender reassignment surgeries, calling it 'overbroad, extreme'

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Labeled the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, the bill, which did not have a provision for youth who are currently transitioning, passed the Arkansas Senate by a vote of 28-7 on March 29 and a House vote of 70-22 on March 10.

“The bill is overbroad, extreme and does not grandfather those who are under hormone treatment,” said Hutchinson, adding that he believes the bill is legislative interference with medical care in the state.

Hutchinson anticipates the Arkansas Legislature may override his veto on House Bill 1570 before the…


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