Arkansas Privacy bill vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson

Earlier it was reported that the lawmakers of Arkansas had passed a privacy bill which might probably kill street photography by needing (in most of the cases) that photographers have written permission from strangers they click pictures of. Photographers who would not get that might get sued by their ‘subjects.’

The world of photography was in a real uproar regarding the bill and they worked very hard to get it vetoed by the last date at the end of their day. Well, there are some great news indeed, because the bill reportedly has been vetoed Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, in a letter to the Arkansas Senate, explained why he vetoed the bill – the “Personal Rights Protection Act.” He told that he has done this in its present form, the bill is vague, overbroad and would have the effect of restricting free speech. He added that he believes that the absence of a clear exemption for expressive works will result in unnecessary litigation in Arkansas courts and would suppress Arkansans who engage in artistic expression from photography to art work.

He told that he had got countless letters from amateur and pro photographers in Arkansas who raise legitimate concerns regarding the bill. They asked for the language be amended so that they are not subject to substantial financial burdens in the conduct of their small businesses across the state.

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