Legislator fights liquor store permit in Saline County | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Legislator fights liquor store permit in Saline County

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 7:35 AM

click to enlarge FIGHTING LIQUOR STORE: Andy and Julie Mayberry
  • FIGHTING LIQUOR STORE: Andy and Julie Mayberry
Republican Rep. Julie Mayberry of East End, her husband, former Rep. Andy Mayberry, and a daycare operator have sued to stop the issuance of a liquor store permit on Arch Street Pike in East End.

They contend procedural flaws in the application and argue that the liquor store couldn't be adequately policed and is opposed by local residents. They also claim daycare centers should be considered schools and two daycare centers put the store in violation of rules about proximity to schools.

Saline247.com has a full report on the dispute here.

The lawsuit says two daycares qualify as schools because they are licensed by the state has having educational components. ABC staff found that the application by Dr. Harry Bryant did not run afoul of the rule requiring 1,000 feet separation from schools. The plaintiffs contend that an opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge supports their contention that

Here's the lawsuit, filed in Saline Circuit Court.

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