Liquor Vote Fails to Pass Committee

March 19, 2003
Posted at: 1:15 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A House committee Wednesday soundly rejected legislation that would have allowed voters in Conway and Jonesboro to consider initiatives to allow the sale of liquor by the drink in their cities.

Conway and Jonesboro are both in dry counties. Representative Betty Pickett of Conway proposed the amendment to her own bill.

The House Rules Committee rejected it before a packed room, including many opponents wearing ``No Bars'' stickers.

Supporters say the issue is one of letting people decide where they have a glass of wine at dinner. But opponents say that it would open the doors to bars and that there's already a process to allow county residents to decide the issue.

The bill would allow restaurants, hotels or convention centers to sell liquor by the drink with the proper local approval.

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