New Legislation Proposed by Alcoholic Beverage Control

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) proposed new legislation Tuesday that would require the state's nearly 5,000 licensed liquor establishments to self report within five days of an incident. 

Lawmakers say the new legislation is a direct response to the July mass shooting at a capital city nightclub. 

In the new legislation, businesses that serve alcoholic beverages must report anything from a shooting, to serving minors to gambling. If the establishment fails to make the report, they could be faced with a heavy fine. After three strikes, ABC would revoke their license.

"We want to be fair to our outlets," ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet said. "We want to be fair to the people who have alcohol permits, but the most important thing is public safety. The most important thing is people can go out and enjoy themselves without worrying about danger or harm."

Hamlet says it's too early in the process for him to notify their outlets. Lawmakers would ultimately have to approve the changes during the 2019 session. 

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