LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Tuesday that will regulate microchipping employees in Arkansas.

St. Rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, sponsored the legislation to keep the state ahead of the technology. 

House Bill 1177, now Act 516, allows employees to opt out of getting microchipped without the threat of being fired. They would have to give written consent before the implantation and could request to remove it at any time. 

Employers would have to cover all of the costs associated with the microchip. They would also have to tell employees what kind of data the microchip will maintain and how they plan to use it.

A handful of other state legislatures are currently considering similar bills.