Judge considering suit over Barling alcohol vote

FORT SMITH (AP) - A Sebastian County judge is considering a lawsuit over whether a vote legalizing alcohol sales in Barling should stand.

Barling voters approved the measure Nov. 6 but opponents are challenging the legality of the vote.

In the complaint, attorney Erik Danielson argued that because the entire southern district of the county voted to go "dry" in 1944, state law requires the entire district to vote on whether a single city within the district can allow liquor sales.

Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue says the lawsuit should be dismissed because it didn't name the county clerk or the city of Barling as defendants.

The Southwest Times Record reports Circuit Court Judge Steve Tabor asked both sides Monday to submit legal briefs within a week before he issues a ruling.

Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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