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In an order filed on December 31, 2015 in the lawsuit brought by Rep. Julie Mayberry against the ABC, Saline County Circuit Court Judge Grisham Phillips was not swayed (nor impressed) by an opinion issued by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge that declared that daycare centers were to be considered schools under Arkansas laws and ruled that he would not send the matter back to the ABC Board. He awarded the ABC a whopping $96.00 in costs.

According the documents filed in the case, Judge Phillips found that if the legislature had intended that a liquor store permit not be issued for any location within 1000 feet of a day care center, it could have easily specified so in the same way that it specified in Arkansas Code Annotated § 5-64-402, the "certified drug-free zone" statue.  

What do you want to bet that Rep. Mayberry or another legislator sponsors a bill that takes care of this?

We assume that ABC Administration Director Bud Roberts will resend the directive that he issued back in August 2015 that recognized daycare centers as schools  


Judge Phillips is known for his refusal to swear in Dennis Milligan as the Saline County Circuit Clerk back in 2011 because he believed the newly elected Milligan had violated the oath of office, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas by firing five female clerks immediately after being elected to office and prior to being sworn in. 

Apparently Judge Phillips, a fan of Nostradamus, believed that the 16th century seer foresaw that Milligan would create unbelievable problems as a circuit clerk and state treasurer.


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