Arkansas Gov. signs bill to protect freight railroaders, transit workers

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into a law a bill that imposes harsher penalties on criminals who target railroad workers, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen reports.

Arkansas Act 955 is designed to protect freight rail employees and public transit workers by enhancing the penalties of certain criminal offenses, according to the article.

Criminals are subject to longer sentences under the law if the victim of an offense is a railroad or public transit employee. Harsher penalties would be enforced for different misdemeanors and felonies, including an additional period of imprisonment ranging from six months to no more than 10 years.

According to union representatives who lobbied on behalf of the bill, the law is designed to discourage terrorist acts against freight railroads and public transportation. It protects train service workers, as well as railroad managers.

The bill was originally introduced in the Arkansas House earlier this year.

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