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Ballot Initiatives Arkansans May or May Not Vote On in 2014
Voters may have the opportunity to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 counties. The Arkansas secretary of state's office is currently verifying the validity of signatures presented for this initiative.
As I understand the current laws (I am not a lawyer), if enough valid signatures are placed on a petition, voters in each county can then decide to keep their county dry or go “wet.” Wet means legal to sell alcohol in restaurants, taverns, and liquor stores.
At the present time, only 40 counties are wet. In NW Arkansas, Benton County voters affirmed liquor sales in 2010. Prior to that, residents had to drive to a wet county or a bordering state to purchase packaged beer, wine and spirits.
Washington County has been wet for many years.
The number of signatures required to propose changing liquor laws at the county level is a difficult and cumbersome process. I think a state-wide proposal is more efficient and effective.
Voters may also have a chance to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage. Arkansas ranks in the lowest four states in the entire country. Only Georgia, Minnesota and Wyoming have lower minimum ... more
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