Minimum wage and alcohol sales petitions submitted
By Elicia Dover
(KATV)-Groups hoping to land their initiative or constitutional amendment on the Nov. ballot, had to submit required signatures to the Secretary of State's Office Monday. Two groups turned in more than the required number of signatures, which will be verified as registered voters by the state. Give Arkansas a Raise Now, which wants to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017, turned in 77, 288 signatures. They were required to turn in at least 62,507. "We've been confident from day one that we would get the signatures and most importantly give Arkansas voters the chance to give Arkansas's working families a raise," said Bill Kopsky, a part of the Give Arkansas a Raise Now initiative. The other group, Let Arkansas Decide, pushing for a constitutional amendment allowing statewide alcohol sales, turned in 84,969 signatures. The required number was 78, 133. "At this point we're going to go ahead and verify those signatures and notify if they met the deadline," said Laura Labay, spokesperson for the Secretary of State's Office. There are also three county alcohol initiatives attempting to make the ballot. Saline and Craighead Counties turned in more than the required signatures to land on the Nov. ballot, but will have to be verified by those counties. Faulkner County did not turn in signatures and will wait for the Aug. 5 deadline. Both ballot proposals supporting medical marijuana and another supporting legalizing cannabis did not gather enough signatures to turn in to the office for verification and will try again in 2016.
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