Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure In Briefs To Arkansas Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2014

Supporters and opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are arguing in briefs before the state Supreme Court whether the measure should remain on the November ballot.

Attorneys for Citizens for Local Rights, the group opposed to the measure, argued Thursday that the proposal doesn't completely explain to voters the impact its passage would have and that the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for it.

Let Arkansas Decide, the group supporting the measure, told the court the proposal gives the Legislature power to enact regulations on alcohol sales, and defended the July 7 deadline used by election officials.

The proposal would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Currently, 37 counties are dry.

Justices will hear oral arguments in the case Oct. 9.