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Minimum wage, alcohol sales petitions submitted

By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Groups campaigning to raise Arkansas' minimum wage and expand alcohol sales have submitted petitions to try and get their measures on the November ballot, while proposals to legalize recreational and medical marijuana fell short.

The two groups were the only ones to submit petitions on Monday, the deadline to turn in signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Election officials will spend the next several days doing an initial count of signatures and then verifying that they're valid.

Initiated acts require at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters. Proposed constitutional amendments need at least 78,133 signatures. The groups behind the minimum wage and alcohol sales measures say they cleared those thresholds.

Groups of two separate marijuana legalization proposals announced they didn't have enough signatures and wouldn't be submitting petitions.

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