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1.25.19 – KARK- LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-

Legislation to regulate microchipping employees in Arkansas moves one step closer to becoming law.

The full House passed St. Rep. Stephen Meeks’ proposal Thursday.

It would allow employees to opt out of getting microchipped without the threat of being fired.

Some of Meeks’ colleagues wondered why the measure is necessary, but most supported it.

“We as a body have got to be proactive to protect our citizens, and that’s what this bill does,” says St. Rep. Jack Ladyman. “It’s a protection bill.”

The bill now moves to a Senate committee for debate.

Five other state legislatures are considering similar legislation right now.