|ABC ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR MARY ROBIN CASTEEL AND TAINITED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR BOYCE HAMLET AT AN UNPLEASANT APPEARANCE BEFORE LEGISLATORS EARILER THIS MONTH ARE FORCED TO MAKE RULE CHANGES|
Legislators decided today to require the more than 4,000 licensed establishments in the state to self report.
This is a direct response to the mass shooting in July at the Power Lounge in Little Rock.
A previous post detailed how tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet failed to act upon recommendations of two of his enforcement agents recommending that Power Lounge be shut down. You can read that post by clicking here.
Alcoholic Beverage Control is working on new violations and fees after the director found the system remains mostly unchanged from the time of prohibition.
Maybe while Casteel is making rule changes she will address how the ABC and law enforcement agencies are illegally using underage individuals in enforcement operations. Read one of our previous posts about that by clicking here.
Police chiefs and sheriffs are also on board with the idea.
"It's an opportunity for the people that are being compliant to stay compliant and the bad actors to be caught," says Mike Godfrey, Executive Director of the Arkansas Sheriffs Association.
|MIKE GODFREY - ARKANSAS SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION|
Before any new rules take effect, there will be a 30-day public comment period and further approval from the State Legislature.