On Wednesday H.B. 1228 failed to pass in the Arkansas Senate.

This bad bill by Rep. Lee Johnson (R – Greenwood) and Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) lets cities in dry counties approve public drinking in “entertainment districts” adjacent to private clubs that sell alcohol.

Currently, cities and towns in wet counties can approve public drinking in entertainment districts.

H.B. 1228 would expand Arkansas’ alcohol laws to let people carry and consume alcohol on city streets and sidewalks in entertainment districts in dry counties.

H.B. 1228 failed in the Arkansas Senate with 12 votes in favor of it and 19 votes against it; four senators did not vote.

Sen. Davis moved to expunged the vote by which the bill failed — which may indicate she plans to make another attempt at passing this bad bill.

Below is a breakdown of Wednesday’s senate vote on H.B. 1228, the bill expanding public drinking to dry counties in Arkansas.

Voted FOR H.B. 1228

  • L. Chesterfield
  • B. Davis
  • L. Eads
  • Elliott
  • J. English
  • T. Garner
  • J. Hendren
  • K. Ingram
  • G. Leding
  • M. Pitsch
  • C. Tucker
  • D. Wallace

Voted AGAINST H.B. 1228

  • B. Ballinger
  • Beckham
  • Bledsoe
  • A. Clark
  • J. Dismang
  • Flippo
  • Gilmore
  • K. Hammer
  • Hester
  • Hickey
  • Hill
  • M. Johnson
  • B. Johnson
  • Rapert
  • Rice
  • G. Stubblefield
  • J. Sturch
  • D. Sullivan
  • Teague

Did Not Vote

  • Caldwell
  • S. Flowers
  • Irvin
  • B. Sample