Arkansas panel will review police reports of liquor businesses

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A legislative panel will review whether Arkansas police departments should have to report most of their encounters at restaurants, bars and nightclubs to state alcohol regulators. The review comes after a shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock on July 1. The shooting injured 28 people.

State Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, R - Cabot, says there's a lack of communication between police and state regulators. He's seeking a mandatory notification to replace the current method that allows officers to voluntarily forward reports concerning businesses with liquor licenses.

A legislative panel to review the process was approved Thursday. The panel will determine whether a change would require a new law or if it could be done through a rule-making process.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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