More time given for alcohol measure petitions
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are being given 30 more days to gather signatures after falling short in their effort to win a spot on the November ballot.Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said Friday that the group behind the proposed constitutional amendment needs an additional 17,133 signatures from registered voters to be approved for the ballot. Proposed constitutional amendments need at least 78,133 signatures to go before voters.The proposal would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Currently, 37 counties ban alcohol sales.The proposed amendment was one of two ballot measures submitted to the secretary of state's office earlier this month. Officials are still verifying the signatures for the other measure, a proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage.