Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment In The News

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... read more

JPs approve alcohol opposition

White County leaders say amendment takes away local control By Matt Burks, THE DAILY CITIZEN White County leaders approved a resolution Tuesday which opposes the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment on Nov. 4 general election ballot. The amendment, if approved by state voters, will allow all counties in the state to distribute and sell alcohol. The resolution approved by quorum court members, reads, “the proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution is repugnant to Amendment 55 of the Arkansas Constitution and the principles that local communities should have the liberty to decide local affairs, not    persons residing in other communities or regions of the state.” The resolution also says the amendment would create constitutional challenges “to existing common sense laws and ordinances protecting minors — such as prohibitions of the sale, manufacture or distribution of alcohol at or adjacent to schools, churches, nursing homes, hospitals or certain public places.” Justice of the Peace Mike Cleveland, R-Searcy, sponsored the amendment to let county residents make county decisions. “I hope it sends a clear message to citizens that the county opposes anything that takes the local control away,” White County Judge Michael Lincoln said. “It’s not about alcohol or morality issues or even tax revenues, it’s all about local versus state control. If we start this approach of the state deciding county issues, what other local control is next?” Lincoln, however, said this resolution won’t hinder the distribution or sale of alcohol if the amendment passes Nov. 4. Lincoln and Cleveland said this resolution merely shows the county leaders opposition to the amendment. “The resolution will be null and void if the... read more

Marion County justices say ‘no’ to alcohol amendment

The Marion County Quorum Court came out against a proposed amendment to legalize alcohol sales in every Arkansas county. The justices passed a resolution 8-1 Tuesday night opposing the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Initiative. The resolution states that the legislation would take away local governments’ right to regulate alcohol locally. It states the amendment strips Arkansans of their right to decide on the manufacture and sale of alcoholic products locally.

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Legal Challenge to Ballot Proposal on Alcohol Sales FIled

The plaintiffs allege that the measure’s ballot language fails to inform voters that it would do away with a state regulation that liquor stores not be located within 1,000 feet of a church or school and that it would take away communities’ right to hold referendum elections on whether to allow the sale of mixed drinks.

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