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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 27, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: September - February 2022 License Expiration Dates

Several updates have been made to the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) since it launched in September to improve your user experience. Businesses should continue onboarding into AIMS and filing renewals.

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Jan 24, 2022

AIMS Updates – Jan. 24, 2021

TABC has updated the AIMS Updates webpage containing an ongoing list of Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) improvements and issues the agency is working to resolve. View the AIMS Updates page.

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Jan 24, 2022

10-Year-Old Fighting Cancer Becomes Honorary TABC Agent

HOUSTON — Leaders from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission inducted 10-year-old Devarjaye Daniel as an honorary TABC Enforcement Agent on Jan. 24.  Devarjaye — currently battling cancer in his brain and spine — wants to join 100 law enforcement agencies and hopes to have a full-time career in law enforcement when he grows up.  He’s joined the ranks of nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies since last year, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Texas Department of Public Safety and multiple local agencies.  Leaders from TABC joined members of Devarjaye’s family for Monday’s swearing-in.  TABC is Texas’ third-largest law enforcement agency and is responsible for regulating all businesses which manufacture, distribute and sell alcohol. The agency’s 200-plus commissioned peace officers enforce the provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and investigate alcohol-related crimes such as drunk driving accidents, assaults, overservice and sales of alcohol to minors. The agency also investigates organized crime taking place within TABC-licensed businesses, including human trafficking, money laundering and narcotics trafficking. 

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Jan 21, 2022

TABC's McAllen Office Will Have a Delayed Opening Jan. 21, 2022

Due to inclement weather, TABC's McAllen office will open at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, 2022.

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Jan 20, 2022

TABC's San Antonio Regional Office Closed Jan. 20, 2022

TABC's San Antonio Regional Office is closed Jan. 20, 2022, due to inclement weather.

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Jan 18, 2022

In Memoriam: TABC Remembers Officer Delbert H. Pearson

Forty-nine years ago today, Delbert H. Pearson was the first commissioned officer of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to die in the line of duty. Inspector Pearson was killed on Jan. 18, 1973, after identifying himself while confronting a suspect in an illegal whiskey stash investigation. Originally from Paris, Texas, Pearson served 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.

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Jan 14, 2022

TABC Issues Emergency Order Suspending El Tucanazo’s Liquor Permit for 30 Days Following Deadly Jan. 8 Shooting

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has issued an emergency order suspending the liquor permit of a Houston-area bar for 30 days following a deadly shooting that left one person dead early Jan 8. Costa Lounge, d/b/a El Tucanazo, 7136 Clarewood Drive in Houston, was served with the 30-day emergency order Jan. 11. The suspension will remain in place for 30 days effective immediately. A hearing to affirm, amend, or set aside the order will be held the State Office of Administrative Hearings Jan. 22. Section 11.614 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes TABC to suspend a business’ liquor license or permit for up to 90 days if it’s believed that continued operation of the business could prove a risk to public safety. During the suspension, no alcohol may be served or sold at the location. The case remains under investigation by TABC and the Houston Police Department. TABC Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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Jan 11, 2022

TABC Highlights Its 24/7 Fight to End Exploitation During Human Trafficking Prevention Month

AUSTIN — As state leaders and law enforcement officers prepare to mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is joining with the Office of the Governor and others to help combat this crime in the Lone Star State. As the regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas, TABC plays a key role in stopping organized crime – including human trafficking – taking place within licensed alcohol retailers such as bars, nightclubs and convenience stores. “TABC is on the front lines when it comes to stopping human trafficking in Texas,” TABC Chairman Kevin J. Lilly said. “What some people forget is that alcohol retailers such as bars or restaurants can sometimes serve as a legitimate front for traffickers or other organized crime syndicates. What TABC is doing is using our authority over all alcohol retailers, distributors and manufacturers to build a network of industry members, law enforcement agencies and citizens to stop this blight on our state.” TABC’s Special Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting long-term investigations into suspected human trafficking taking place within licensed businesses, and agents frequently join forces with local, state and federal partners on long-term, undercover investigations into organized crime across the state. The agency also employs a victim services coordinator to assist trafficking victims in obtaining much-needed medical and social services after they’re freed from suspected traffickers. Ultimately, stopping trafficking comes down to the actions of everyday Texans who take a stand against organized crime in the Lone Star State, Lilly said. “Hands down, the most important tool we have in the fight against human trafficking is the cooperation of Texans and their willingness to stand up for the health and safety of their communities,” Lilly said. “It’s absolutely critical that all Texans make themselves aware of the warning signs of human trafficking, and that we all commit to do our part to help end this terrible crime.” As part of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, TABC’s social media channels will feature stories from educators and law enforcement on the fight against human trafficking in Texas. To learn more about TABC’s mission to stop human trafficking and to get additional resources, visit our Stop Human Trafficking page. To learn more about the Office of the Governor’s Preventing Human Trafficking initiative, visit the Preventing Human Trafficking webpage. Media Contact: Chris Porter – Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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Dec 20, 2021

TABC Assisting Travelers, Protecting Texans During Busy Paisano Border Travel Season

AUSTIN — Employees of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will spend the first two weeks of January assisting travelers entering Texas during the busy Paisano travel season. Paisano season refers to a roughly two-week period following the holidays in which travelers with families living in Mexico cross the border to visit their relatives. In many cases, the returning travelers bring alcohol back into the state with them, which requires a short stop at one of TABC’s Ports of Entry facilities at the border. State law requires all travelers entering the state with alcohol to pay a small tax and administrative fee on any spirits, wine or beer brought into Texas. TABC Ports of Entry employees assess and collect the tax while keeping an eye out for any potentially illegal or dangerous beverages, according to TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles. “The Paisano season is obviously an extremely exciting and hectic time for travelers, and we want them to know that TABC will have additional staff members standing by to help travelers bring their alcohol into Texas safely and legally,” he said. “We’ll also be paying special attention to disallowing any potentially dangerous beverages before they can enter the Texas marketplace.” Illicit beverages include those brought in unapproved containers, such as gasoline cans or unlabeled bottles, as well as those suspected of containing illegal or dangerous substances. During the 2020 Paisano season, TABC regulatory compliance officers (RCOs) disallowed 162 illicit alcohol containers while approving more than 146,798 containers for entry into Texas. The agency also collected nearly $511,606 in revenue at the Texas-Mexico border during the period. For more information about TABC’s mission at the Texas-Mexico border, visit: tabc.texas.gov/poe. Media Contact: Chris Porter – Public Information Officer chris.porter@tabc.texas.gov

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Dec 17, 2021

INDUSTRY NOTICE: September 2021–January 2022 License Expiration Dates

Several updates have been made to the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) since it launched in September to improve your user experience. Businesses should continue onboarding into AIMS and filing renewals.

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