Grocery store wine bill fails on first vote in House | Arkansas Blog

Monday, February 27, 2017

Grocery store wine bill fails on first vote in House

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

SB 284, the bill to allow sale of all wines in grocery stores, failed on its first run in the House today, with the vote 47-33 and 12 present. So it will receive another vote.

This is the so-called compromise between Walmart, some major grocery retailers and owners of so-called county line liquor stores that operate big stores that profit from sales in neighboring dry counties.

In return for approval by some liquor stores to wine sales in grocery stores, Walmart and grocery stores agreed not to seek local option elections in dry counties for eight years. An agreement on this bill circulated as early as November — powered by lobbyists Bruce Hawkins and Joe Bell — said the governor's office was on board with this proposal though the governor's office has denied taking any ownership in enforcing it, as the agreement says.

Under current law, grocery stores can only sell Arkansas wine or wine from small producers elsewhere.  The proposed legislation also provides some grants to Arkansas wineries and encourages building of a wine tourism center in Arkansas.

Owners of some 400 retail liquor stores in Arkansas have opposed the legislation saying it would put a damaging dent in their profits. As a sop to them, the bill allows some expansion to the amount of food that retail liquor stores are allowed to sale, by regulation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.


Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Federal judge wants John Goodson to explain class action maneuvering

    A show-cause order filed Monday by federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith indicates class action attorney John Goodson has some explaining to do about the move of a class action complaint against an insurance company from federal to state court with an instant pre-packaged settlement that has been criticized as a windfall for Goodson.
    • Dec 22, 2015
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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