Arkansas gov regrets signing ban on mask mandates

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he regrets signing a law that blocked mask mandates as the state faces a surge in COVID-19 cases and a low vaccination rate.

“Well, I signed it at the time because our cases were at a very low point,” Hutchinson, a Republican, told reporters at a news briefing on Tuesday, referring to the law he’d signed in April

“I knew that it would be overridden by the Legislature if I didn’t sign it. And … I’d already eliminated our…

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