New Requirement could Mandate Self-Reporting in Bars


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — Lawmakers are working with Alcoholic Beverage Control and law enforcement agencies to develop a self-reporting requirement for the more than 4,000 places with liquor licenses in the state. 

In Arkansas, there’s currently no official rule that requires the sharing of information between the entities. 

The new requirement is a direct response to the mass shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in July. 

“It is possible that it could have changed the way we looked at the club if we had more reports,” said Boyce Hamlet, ABC Enforcement Director. 

The new requirement could only take effect after a 30-day public comment period and further lawmaker approval. 

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