Back the Blue Bill to be Heard in Committee Today

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An Arkansas House Committee will hear a bill that will allow for some cities that defund their police to have state funds returned to the state. The House City, County and Local Affairs Committee will hear HB1223, the Back the Blue Act, is sponsored by Sen. Hester and Rep. Kendon Underwood (R-Cave Springs). Under the bill, there is an exemption if the city decreases its police budget by 25% or more due to decreases in tax collections or other funding and cities can petition the legislature for a waiver.