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March 1, 2021

TABC Agents Working To Protect Health and Safety of Texans During Spring Break

AUSTIN — Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will visit liquor stores, bars, beaches and other locations where alcohol is sold throughout March as the agency kicks off its annual spring break public safety operations next week. The operations identify locations where alcohol is sold to minors and intoxicated persons in violation of state law. Planned activities for 2021 include undercover operations, in which TABC agents covertly monitor business operations for compliance, as well as efforts to ensure intoxicated patrons aren’t served alcohol. “The goal of this operation is not to penalize retailers, but to help them understand the importance of following the law and putting the safety of their customers first,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. Before the operations, TABC auditors will contact several alcohol retailers in the most popular spring break destinations to provide education and answer questions about best practices for preventing the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons. Businesses that sell alcohol to people younger than 21 could face a civil fine or suspension of their license to sell alcohol. Employees who conduct the sale could also find themselves charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail. Most of the operations will take place in and around cities with major colleges or universities and popular destinations along the Texas Gulf Coast. Other operations will occur during spring break to include investigating suspected organized crime such as human trafficking, narcotics trafficking and money laundering. To learn more about TABC’s public safety efforts, visit tabc.texas.gov/public-safety. (This article was updated March 3, 2021, to align TABC’s enforcement efforts with Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-34.) Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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Feb 10, 2021

Updated TABC Advisories and Bulletins

As part of an effort to review and update the agency’s Marketing Practices Advisories and Licensing Bulletins, the agency has made some important updates.

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Feb 8, 2021

Presidents Day Office Closures

All TABC offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents Day.  Offices will resume normal hours for scheduled appointments and virtual support Tuesday, Feb. 16.    Book a future appointment through our TABC Appointments page.  If you can’t find information you need, please use our Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with someone who can help when we return.

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Feb 4, 2021

TABC’s Website Redesign Takes Home Gold Award

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has won a Gold Award for its recent website redesign in the 15th Annual AVA Digital Awards, an international competition sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. TABC launched the redesigned website on Sept. 1, 2020, with the goal of making it easier for anyone to do their business with TABC any time and from any place. Staff from across TABC collaborated with the consulting firm Deloitte to redesign, rewrite and launch the site within one year. The project was driven forward by the needs of industry, the public and other common users of the website, which resulted in improved navigation and language with many audiences in mind. The AVA Digital Awards recognize outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media in digital communications. Work ranges from audio and video productions — to websites and social media sites that present interactive components such as video, animation, blogs and podcasts — to other forms of user-generated digital communication.

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Jan 26, 2021

Join TABC in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Allison Franklin was lost. After the violent death of her dad and frequent sexual abuse plagued her youth, Allison said she found herself homeless on the streets of Houston — until a predator lured her into a life of servitude. Her story is one of thousands of reasons TABC fights human trafficking. When Allison shared her story in a TABC video last year, she wanted people to know that they can play a role in stopping human trafficking. “I wish I didn’t have that story to tell,” she said. “I wish I had a different story to tell but I hope that my story inspires others to make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else.” As January marks Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas, TABC wants to show why fighting this crime is so vital and how everybody can play a part in saving lives.

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