From Jim Simmons (see Jim's Featured Comment in the previous relevant post):
"Here's the update for you. The governor vetoed the bill [Arkansas Senate Bill 79] because it was overly broad, stating that it was the letters from photographers that caused him to understand the flaws in the bill. Common sense prevailed." [Emphasis ours. —Ed.]
A further comment from reader William Schneider:
"The battle against this misguided legislation, like others before it, will be waged by the legal representatives from organizations like the ASMP, NPPA, and others. They rely on member support to do this work, but it benefits everyone. With declining membership, some of these organizations are struggling to stay alive in the Internet age. It would be a good time to consider joining one of them even if you aren't a newspaper photographer or other photo professional. You'll still benefit from having someone go to bat for your rights as a photographer."
(Thanks to Jim and Bill)
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Featured Comments from:
Stephen Scharf: "Whew! Thank goodness for common sense prevailing. This was a similar situation to the one last fall requiring a permit to photograph in US National Parks. Common sense prevailed, there, too, thanks again to organizations like ASMP, NPPA, etc. William Schneider is absolutely correct that these group require our support."
Norm Snyder: "Thanks to any and all who communicated to the Arkansas Governor, thereby helping good sense prevail. My elected representatives here still managed, with endorsement by the executive branch, to embarrass themselves by allowing, in another bill, signed into law by the Governor, businesses in Arkansas to refuse services to persons of alternative sexual preferences. I guess every silver lining has a cloud.... At least I don't need to take down most of the work on my website."
John Krill: "What continent is the country of Arkansas on? I can't find it on any map. :-) "