- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House members have supported a proposal to change how liquor permits are distributed.

Representatives voted 65-19 Friday for what bill’s sponsor says are technical changes requested by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. The proposal lessens the number of permits the board may issue in a county and creates an 18-month expiration date for inactive permits.

Democratic Rep. Mary Broadaway of Paragould says the changes will help even the playing field between existing and new businesses.

No one spoke against the bill. Members said after the vote they were worried it would limit competition or promote alcohol sales.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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