THE ARKANSAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE AMENDMENT
Arkansas Ballot Measure - Issue No. 4
Election: Nov. 4, 2014 (General)
Categories:Business and Consumers
Food Processing and Sales
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; THAT "INTOXICATING LIQUORS" IS DEFINED FOR PURPOSES OF THE AMENDMENT AS
ANY BEVERAGE CONTAINING MORE THAN ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT (0.5%) 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 WHICH CONFLICT WITH THE AMENDMENT, INCLUDING LAWS PROVIDING FOR A LOCAL OPTION ELECTION (WET-DRY ELECTION) TO DETERMINE WHETHER INTOXICATING LIQUORS MAY BE SOLD OR NOT SOLD, ARE REPEALED TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY CONFLICT WITH THE AMENDMENT.
Section 1. This is an Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that shall be called "The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment."
Section 2. 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.
Section 3. "Intoxicating liquors" is defined for purposes of this amendment as any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by weight.
Section 4. The manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors may be regulated, but not prohibited, by the General Assembly.
Section 5. All laws which conflict with this amendment, including laws providing for a local option election (wet-dry election) to determine whether intoxicating liquors may be sold or not sold, are hereby repealed to the extent that they conflict with this amendment.