Judge, candidates oppose amendment

The Paris Express October 1, 2014 The County Judges Association of Arkansas has passed a resolution opposing a measure that would permit alcohol sales statewide. Gus Young, the current Logan County Judge, and the two men seeking to replace him in the position said last week they were in agreement with the resolution. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment allows, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of Arkansas. “Arkansas judges feel local control and home rule under Amendment 55 of the Arkansas Constitution is the will of the people for a reason,” said Michael Lincoln, CJAA president and the White County Judge. “Individual counties need to be able to govern the best they can for their constituents and local control is the backbone of that function.” “The County Judges Association of Arkansas opposes federal or state legislation that takes from local communities their rights to prohibit the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcohol in their county,” according to the resolution. Logan County is somewhat unique in that the north side of the county sells alcohol, or is wet, while the south side of the county is dry. Young said last week he did not vote on the resolution the CJAA leadership adopted in an executive meeting, but he did agree. “My opinion is that I am not in favor of taking away local control,” said Young. “Because people who live in each county should decide what goes on in their county.” “I think they are on very stable ground,” said Democratic...