County Judges Association Opposes Alcoholic Beverage Amendment
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The County Judges Association of Arkansas has come out against the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment that is set to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to a news release.
The ballot initiative, if passed by voters in the November election, would make all counties in the state wet and allow alcohol sales all over The Natural State, regardless of whether the counties were previously dry.
The County Judges Association of Arkansas cited “infringement of local control” as the organization’s main reason for opposing the ballot measure, the release states.
“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 association voted to adopt a resolution opposing the ballot initiative during its summer meeting in Little Rock.
The resolution adopted states, ““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.”