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Catch up with the latest news and guidance from TABC. You can read our news releases, marketing practices advisories, licencing and audit bulletins, industry notifications, announcements, and articles.

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Jan 18, 2021

TABC Remembers Fallen Officer Delbert H. Pearson

Forty-eight years ago today, Delbert H. Pearson was the first commissioned officer of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to die in the line of duty. On Jan. 18, 1973, Inspector Pearson was killed after identifying himself while confronting a suspect in an illegal whiskey stash investigation. Originally from Paris, Texas, Pearson worked with TABC for nearly 21 years and was 55 at the time of his death. In 2020, TABC created the Pearson Award in his honor. The award is given to the graduate of the TABC Agent Academy who demonstrates the top physical skills performance in the class. Pearson was survived by his wife and two daughters. His daughter, Peggy Kerley (and husband Ralph), now have two adult children, Karmyn and Jeff. 

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Jan 15, 2021

Join the Webinar Series: Charting an End to Human Trafficking in Texas

You’re invited to join a five-part webinar series about the state’s strategic plan to end human trafficking in Texas, starting Jan. 19. The series will be hosted by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council, a group of representatives from state agencies who are evaluating human trafficking programs across Texas and coordinating efforts to combat the crime. The council published its strategic plan to end human trafficking back in May. The webinars, which take their themes from the strategic plan’s five pillars, will take place on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 — Prevent: Assess the Threat of Human Trafficking in Texas Jan. 26 — Protect: Investigate and Conduct Human Trafficking Operations Feb. 2 — Prosecute: Prosecute Human Trafficking Using All the Tools Available Feb. 9 — Provide Support: Provide Follow-up Care to Victims After Recovery Feb. 16 — Partner: Identify and Build Partnerships RSVP to humantrafficking@oag.texas.gov and use this meeting information to join: Zoom link Webinar ID: 916 0684 8016 Password: 876461 To learn more about TABC’s efforts to fight human trafficking in Texas, visit our Stop Human Trafficking page.

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Jan 11, 2021

TABC Calls on Texans To Help Rescue Victims From Human Traffickers and Promote Message That 'Texans Are Not For Sale'

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission joins the state and nations around the world to mark Human Trafficking Prevention Month and is renewing its call for everyday Texans to do their part in fighting organized crime in the Lone Star State. By reporting suspicious activity and promoting human trafficking awareness, everyone can help combat trafficking. As the state’s sole regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC leads investigations of potential trafficking within agency-licensed businesses such as bars, convenience stores and nightclubs. Since 2013, TABC’s Special Investigations Unit has shut down more than 100 locations with suspected ties to organized crime, including human trafficking, money laundering, prostitution and narcotics trafficking. A number of those investigations took place during the most recent fiscal year, in which TABC agents identified or rescued nearly 100 potential trafficking victims while canceling the liquor permits of multiple businesses with ties to human trafficking. Putting an end to human trafficking within TABC-licensed businesses is a top priority for the agency, according to Executive Director Bentley Nettles. “The Texas Legislature recognized the incredibly important role TABC plays in fighting human trafficking and amended the Alcoholic Beverage Code to make this mission one of our top priorities,” Nettles said. “By working with our law enforcement partners at all levels of government, and with the support of the Legislature and everyday Texans, I’m confident we can expand on our success and make a difference in the lives of the victims of this horrible crime.” One of the ways Texans can assist in the fight is by spotting the signs of potential trafficking at a location and reporting it to TABC using the TABC:Mobile app or by calling 888-THE-TABC. “This mission simply can’t succeed without the help of concerned citizens,” Nettles said. “Information or tips provided by the public are often the first step in identifying potential trafficking, bringing the criminals to justice, and freeing the victims.” To learn more about TABC’s role in fighting human trafficking, visit bit.ly/tabc-ht. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officermedia@tabc.texas.gov

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Jan 10, 2021

Office Closures and Altered Hours for Jan. 11, 2021

The following TABC offices are temporarily closed Monday, Jan. 11, because of inclement weather: TABC Headquarters Abilene Office Austin Regional Office Belton Office Lubbock Regional Office Waco Office The following offices will have a delayed start: Odessa Office (9 a.m.) Offices are currently scheduled to resume normal hours for scheduled appointments and virtual support Tuesday, Jan. 12.  Book a future appointment through our TABC Appointments page. If you can’t find information on the site that you’re looking for, please use our Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with someone who can help when we return. 

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Jan 7, 2021

TABC Protecting Texans During 2021 Paisano Season

TABC expects moderate to heavy traffic at Texas’ Ports of Entry during Paisano season this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The rush typically lasts Jan. 1 to 13, when thousands of travelers return to the U.S. after visiting their families in Mexico during the winter holidays. TABC’s regulatory compliance officers (RCOs) are working to protect Texans by enforcing alcohol laws and taking COVID-19 precautions at the state’s 30 ports of entry. They include 28 border land crossings and two Galveston seaports. While numerous travelers this year followed the CDC’s coronavirus recommendations to stay home, the federal government is allowing essential travel between the U.S. and Mexico. TABC is taking many precautions to protect travelers and RCOs during the pandemic, including wearing facial coverings, conducting business outdoors and having travelers stay in their vehicles. TABC keeps Texans safe and supports the state’s general revenue fund during Paisano season by: Making sure travelers returning with alcohol and tobacco products are of legal age to possess the products in the U.S. Stopping potentially dangerous, improperly labeled or excess alcoholic beverages or tobacco from crossing into the U.S. Collecting state-mandated taxes and fees on alcohol and tobacco products. Last year, officers stamped nearly 1.8 million containers of alcohol and tobacco, and stopped more than 34,000 containers of illicit or excess alcohol or other items from crossing into Texas. TABC sees the most Paisano traffic in Laredo and Eagle Pass, where the locations of highways in the U.S. and Mexico are convenient for many travelers. In Laredo alone, RCOs collected nearly $470,000 in revenue last year during Paisano season. Learn more about the rules and restrictions for bringing alcohol and cigarettes into Texas on TABC’s Ports of Entry page.

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Jan 6, 2021

Annual Compliance Reporting Grace Period Extended

Businesses that haven’t submitted a compliance report for each of their licensed Texas locations have until Jan. 31 to file the required reports through the TABC: Compliance Reporting mobile app and avoid further administrative action. The annual compliance reporting period runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. TABC issued warning notices in December to businesses that hadn’t submitted their compliance report(s). Visit TABC's Compliance Reporting page to get started.

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Jan 6, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Office Closures

All TABC offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Offices will resume normal hours for scheduled appointments and virtual support Tuesday, Jan. 19.  Book a future appointment through our TABC Appointments page. If you can’t find information on the site that you’re looking for, please use our Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with someone who can help when we return. 

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Dec 17, 2020

Major Changes to TABC Label Approval

Now effective. Key changes from the 2019 legislative session have replaced the current label approval process with TABC product registration. This is the required process of getting TABC authorization before alcoholic beverages can enter the distribution stream. Product registration is now simpler and quicker than the old label approval process. It will help you get your product to market faster. For wine over 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and distilled spirits, this only means a change in the name of the current process. For wine under 7% ABV and malt beverages, the process will change to look like the existing process for wine and distilled spirits. These changes will affect the following license and permit holders: Malt beverage Nonresident Brewers (U) Nonresident Manufacturers (BS) In-State Brewers (B) In-State Manufacturers (BA) Brewpubs (BP) Wine under 7% ABV Nonresident Sellers (S) In-State Wineries (G)

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Dec 15, 2020

INDUSTRY NOTICE: TABC Approves Amendment Extension To Continue Helping Businesses Reopen Safely

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission today took the following actions related to TABC's Food and Beverage (FB) Certificate rule: Adopted an extension of emergency amendments to Rule 33.5, which remain effective until Feb. 20, 2021. This extension ensures that retailers who sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption may continue to more easily qualify for an FB Certificate in order to better handle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule amendments: Remove the requirement to invest in expensive equipment. Remove the requirement that food be prepared at the location (food service is enough). Require FB Certificate holders and applicants to comply with all of the governor's applicable executive orders and all minimum standard health protocols. Read extension of emergency amendments. The commission took the first step toward making these changes permanent, beyond the Feb. 20 expiration date, by voting to publish the Rule 33.5 emergency amendments in the Texas Register to receive public comment. Important note: Any establishment that is opened as a restaurant must follow the checklist from the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas. You can find that checklist here. Many establishments that would have otherwise remained shuttered have been able to reopen and operate in a safe manner due to these amendments, and now they can continue doing so. Read the Qualifying as a Restaurant Under Executive Orders section on our Coronavirus Information page to learn more.

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Dec 10, 2020

2020 Holiday Office Closures

All TABC offices will be closed on: Wednesday, Dec. 23 Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) Christmas Day (Dec. 25)  New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) Offices will resume normal hours for scheduled appointments and virtual support Monday, Dec. 28 after the Christmas holiday and Monday, Jan. 4 after New Year’s Day.  Book a future appointment through our TABC Appointments page. If you can’t find information on the site that you’re looking for, please use our Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with someone who can help when we return.  

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