LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment* did not meet the signature requirements after the verification process.
The proposed amendment requires an additional 17,133 verified signatures to reach the 78,133 needed to be placed on the general election ballot.
The Secretary of State’s Office has notified the petition sponsor that they now have an additional 30 days to collect signatures to compensate for those disqualified during the signature verification process.
*An amendment proposed by the people to the Arkansas Constitution to provide, effective July 1, 2015, that the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is permitted in every geographic area of each and every county of this state; that for purposes of the amendment, “intoxicating liquors” is defined as any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by weight; that the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors may be regulated but not prohibited by the General Assembly; and, that all laws, specifically including laws providing for a local option election (wet-dry election) to determine whether intoxicating liquors may be sold or not sold, in conflict with this amendment, are repealed to the extent they conflict with this amendment.
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