Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Booze at SAM's Clubs Showdown Wednesday!

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).

10 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The showdown will be in Little Rock, at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting to take place at 10AM on Wed, July 20th.

SAM's says it wants to sell hard liquor at SAM's Club. Others, including State Senator Jim Holt of Springdale, say that to do so would violate Arkansas Law and grant special priviliges to SAM's.

The law is question reads like this...

AR 3-4-218
"No new liquor permit shall be issued to, nor any outstanding liquor permit be transferred to any person, firm, or corporation wherein the permitted premises of the liquor permit-tee is operated as part of the profit making business of any drug, grocery, sporting goods, dry goods, hardware, or any general mercantile stores or any other business unrelated to the retail package sale of such liquor."

If anyone is able to attend the hearing tomorrow, please give us an update!

8:14 PM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger kw's blog said...

First question I have is where in Little Rock is the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting?

I don't know much about this issue, but I would like to attend the meeting.



- http://kw7772005blog.blogspot.com/

8:33 PM, July 19, 2005  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

The meeting is at 9:30 or 10:00 am.

This meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact ABC at 501-682-1105.

ABC is located at 1515 West Seventh Street, Suite 503, Little Rock.

9:01 PM, July 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottoms Up.

6:17 AM, July 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have an update about the meeting?

6:37 PM, July 20, 2005  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

SAM's won 3-2. Very frustrating.

No good reason was given for switch in vote. Here is the letter I tried to write...

To the Honorable Members of the State ABC Board,

Let me see if I have this right, SAM's wants you to grant permission for one-stop shopping for guns, whiskey, and prescription drugs that don't mix with booze, and mix it all in an environment where women and their small children are shopping for toys and milk. SAM's wants to do this despite the clear reading of the law, why, because they are SAM's? What are they thinking?

I urge you to reject the license.

7:03 PM, July 20, 2005  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

Holt says that the people against granting the permit had SAM's outnumbered and out-petitioned. It seems none of that matters any more than the actual words of the law matter if you have enough money.

Holt had called Rep. Jodie Mahony, who authored the law. Mahony and Holt are on opposite ends of the political spectrum on most issues, but Mahony supported Holt's take on this one. Mahony told Holt that the law as Mahony wrote it would definetly preclude SAM's clubs from selling liquor as proposed.

In spite of this, the position of the majority of the board was that they could "interpret" the law about any way they wanted to. This is the "activist judges" thing all over again, except these guys are not real judges. They are just another group of yahoos who put their own opinions above legislative intent. All this does is undermine all just powers of government, which the Constitution says come from the CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.

Voting for the permit were Chairman Ron Fuller, J.J. Vigneault and Patricia Cohee. Logan Hampton and Tony Ellis voted against it.

8:38 PM, July 20, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

It doesn't get much more flagrant than this. They've basically said that THEY are the law. "Stay home, you unwashed masses. Let the professionals run the state and country."

Something must be done about this. No one, no board, no panel nor committee should get away with ignoring such an explicitly expressed law.

8:50 PM, July 20, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

I knew Ron Fuller and J.J Vigneault
during my College Republican days. I am very dissapointed and shocked.

10:02 PM, July 20, 2005  
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