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County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales
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County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, 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 this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

"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. "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.

The resolution also states: "The proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution seeks to permit the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcohol in 'every geographic area of each and every county of this state' is overly broad and will 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."


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