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Arkansas Bill Concerning the Offense of Indecent Exposure (HB 1986)

This law was last updated on May 22, 2017

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HB 1986


Failed to Pass


Mar 6, 2017


Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

HB 1986 would expand the definition of “indecent exposure” to make it a crime for a person to knowingly expose his or her sex organs to a person of the opposite biological sex:

  • In a public place or in public view; or
  • Under circumstances in which the person could reasonably believe the conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm.

Indecent exposure is considered a Class A misdemeanor in Arkansas.

If passed, transgender individuals would be at risk of conviction for using public accommodations that conform to their gender identity.


Passed the house on March 17, 2017, by a 65-3 vote.


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