‘Sanctuary cities’ bill fails before House panel

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A proposal to ban “sanctuary cities” in Arkansas and to cut off their funding has failed before a House panel.

The proposal to prohibit cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities failed before the House City, County and Local Affairs Committee Monday on a 9-5 vote. The measure needed 10 votes to advance to the full House. The Senate-backed measure would also have prohibited cities from preventing local law enforcement from asking about someone’s citizenship or immigration status.

The vote came after Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he wanted a change in the legislation to ensure there wasn’t an opportunity for racial profiling.

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