Thursday, July 10, 2014

Alcohol petitions pass first hurdle; checks continue on minimum wage

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

The secretary of state's office reported last night that the proposed constitutional amendment to allow retail alcohol sales statewide had turned in more than 84,000 signatures, needing 78,133, to qualify for the November ballot. The office will move to the verification process to see how many are registered voters.

Meeting the initial count gives the drive, backed by retailers, 30 more days to gather additional signatures. CLARIFICATION: The 30 days begin when the secretary of state says that the drive is short of valid signatures. It does not begin with turning in of raw signatures.

No announcement yet on the drive for an initiated act to increase the minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017. It needs 62,507 signatures. Backers, supported by labor groups and the Democratic party, said they gathered more than 77,000 signatures, but checkers are working to verify that there are that many individual signatures. In past campaigns, abuses have occurred, such as somebody in the same hand writing in dozens of signatures, many obviously not genuine. Petitions can be disqualified — and get no additional time — for "facial" shortcomings such as these.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Maddie's Place makes a believer out of a skeptic

    After a long hiatus, I return to Maddie's Place in Riverdale and find the food is a lot tastier than I remembered.
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • AHTD asks Metroplan to lift six-lane freeway cap

    The board of directors of Metroplan has informed the state highway department that it cannot act on the highway department's June 17 request to lift its six-lane freeway cap at the board's June 29 meeting. Consideration of the request should take four months, Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher wrote June 22 to highway department Director Scott Bennett.
    • Jun 23, 2016
  • Rutledge refuses open records of fired trooper who now leads ABC enforcement

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge yesterday refused to allow release of records that explain the 2000 firing of Boyce Hamlet as a state trooper.
    • Sep 1, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation