Gov. Hutchinson allows vaccine mandate, redistricting bills to become law without his signature

Gov. Asa Hutchinson won’t sign any of the bills that the members of the 93rd General Assembly sent to him last week, he announced Wednesday.

Senate Bill 739 and House Bill 1977 and Senate Bill 743 and House Bill 1982 will become law without his signature.

The vaccine bills “are unnecessary,” Hutchinson said, and the debate hurt efforts to convince hesitant Arkansans to get vaccinated.

Hutchinson said he is concerned that the boundaries of new Congressional election maps, especially the division of Pulaski County, will harm minority populations.