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Arkansas agency's rule change on state IDs and gender prompts safety debate and pushback

Posted on AllSides March 19th, 2024

An emergency rule mandating that all Arkansas driver’s licenses and state ID cards show the bearer’s sex as it’s recorded on a birth certificate went into effect on Thursday after approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council. Top officials at the Department of Finance and Administration, which issued the rule, say it accounts for a need for the police to know the sex of people they encounter. They invoked public safety as a core rationale for the policy change. Transgender rights activists and the ACLU of Arkansas, however, are pushing back....

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