Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law today a pair of provisions to allow houses of worship to permit guns on the premises and a measure to prohibit the sale of abortion insurance coverage through Arkansas’ health insurance exchange.
According to Arkansas News, the first measure amends a law that previously barred guns from all churches and instead allows churches to make the decision whether to let guns on the property. If guns are allowed a provision of the law requires a sign posted declaring guns could be present.
An emergency clause allowed the legislation to become legal with the governor’s signature today rather than waiting until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.
The second measure prohibits insurers from offering abortion insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange. To purchase abortion coverage, customers must purchase a separate rider and pay a separate premium.
Without an emergency clause the law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.