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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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Dec 7, 2022

TABC working with retailers to ensure safe alcohol sales this holiday season

AUSTIN — As Texans prepare for a month of holiday celebrations, officials from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are reminding alcohol retailers to take steps now to prevent risky alcohol sales. TABC agents are planning inspections across the state to ensure retailers are following the law when it comes to preventing sales of alcohol to minors or intoxicated patrons. Texas law prohibits alcohol sale or service to persons under 21 as well as those who are intoxicated. “The holiday season is a time for celebration, but it’s important that Texas alcohol retailers and consumers understand the risks of improper alcohol sales or service,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Now is the best time, before the holiday season kicks into high gear, for business owners and managers to educate their staff on ways to prevent illegal alcohol sales.” Alcohol-related accidents are among the largest drivers of fatalities on Texas roads. According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driving was a factor in more than 24% of traffic deaths in 2021. TABC’s website includes educational materials, and videos to help retailers recognize the warning signs of underage or intoxicated customers. Retailers can also sign up for the Retailer Education Awareness Program (REAP), a two-hour continuing education course hosted by TABC that teaches best practices for safe alcohol sales. TABC’s site also includes resources for parents to learn more about the dangers of underage alcohol consumption, including new materials related to Texas laws prohibiting hosting parties for minors where alcohol is served. “Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing underage drinking,” Graham said. “This time of year is an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss the dangers of alcohol with their kids and help them avoid situations that could place lives at risk.” Businesses found in violation of state alcohol laws could face a possible fine or a suspension of their license to sell alcohol. Individuals accused of illegally selling alcohol to minors or intoxicated persons could face misdemeanor charges resulting in a fine or jail time. Media contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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Dec 5, 2022

Agenda posted for public hearing scheduled for Dec. 19, 2022

Join TABC staff by video conference to discuss rules published by the commission. New and Amended Ch. 31, Administration. Revisions include a combined rule for complaint submission and processing that updates submission methods and lays out the agency’s procedural steps; a new legislatively mandated provision for Family Leave Pool; and a requirement to use specific language for certain regulated business signage. New Rule 33.81, Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages for a Temporary Event. This clarifies where a Mixed Beverage or Private Club permit holder can purchase wine and malt beverages for an event held at a temporary location that is not in the same county as the permit holder’s primary licensed premises. Amended Rule 33.55, Application Review and Protest. This addresses license and permit application fee payments that are returned for insufficient funds. Amended Ch. 50, Alcoholic Beverage Seller Server and Delivery Driver Training. Revisions make various updates to align the rule with TABC practices and technology, recognize modern course elements, provide clarity on seller/server school renewal late fees, establish testing standards for passing the train the trainer course, and more. The full text of the proposed rules is available in the Texas Register here. (TABC’s proposed rules begin on Page 47, TexReg 8006). The commission has designated this hearing as the only forum to make oral comments under Government Code Section 2001.029. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and make informal comments that do not become part of the public record. If you can't attend the video conference hearing, you may file written comments until Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Written comments may be submitted to TABC Rules Attorney Shana Horton rules@tabc.texas.gov.

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Dec 2, 2022

Contact TABC by phone for licensing, AIMS support

TABC is encouraging businesses to contact (512) 206-3360 for questions about their license applications, existing licenses, or their Alcohol Industry Management System accounts. Over the past several months, TABC has put in place a new call center system to improve customer service for stakeholders interacting with our Licensing team. Because of this, the agency now recommends businesses across the state use the below contact information for inquiries, including AIMS questions. Industry may call (512) 206-3360 to reach Licensing staff, regardless of where the business is located. TABC is currently testing the call center model being used by Licensing staff to design improvements to future customer service options.

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Dec 1, 2022

Agenda posted for stakeholder meeting scheduled for Dec. 15, 2022

Join TABC staff by videoconference to discuss two draft marketing practices advisories. The stakeholder meeting will be held by web conference only. Agenda Item 1. Amendments to Marketing Practices Advisory 014 (MPA014), Retailer Offering Price Discount to Consumer: The advisory was published in 2005 to address consumer discounts and inducements, referencing 16 Texas Administrative Code § 45.101. The draft amended advisory proposed for discussion is renamed Offering Price Discounts for Alcohol Sold to Consumers, addresses discounts offered to consumers via loyalty programs according to new TABC Rule § 45.102 (became effective in February 2022), and includes examples of quantity discounts. Additionally, the draft amended advisory maintains the statement that it is not the Commission’s intention to dictate how retailers and manufacturers price their products to a consumer.  Item 2. Revisions to Marketing Practices Advisory 061 (MPA061), Alcohol Delivery and Sales by Certain Retail Permit Holders: This revised advisory removes information that is no longer applicable following changes made to the law by the 87th Legislature. TABC staff will provide a brief overview of the proposed changes during the stakeholder meeting, and participating stakeholders will have an opportunity to make verbal comments and ask questions related to the advisories on the agenda. Draft advisory MPA014 (Item 1) will be published in the Texas Register on Dec. 16, 2022. It is TABC's intent to receive comments on both advisories for up to two weeks following the stakeholder meeting. Comments should be emailed to advisories@tabc.texas.gov. Following this comment period, the agency may update the draft advisories on the TABC website. Notice will be provided through industry email notifications.

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Nov 29, 2022

TABC selects director of Licensing, general counsel, and CFO

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is announcing the selection of three longtime public servants to fill crucial leadership roles across the agency. Longtime TABC employee Julie Ross will begin as director of Licensing on Dec. 1, 2022. Ross has served Texans for 29 years in TABC’s Licensing Division, where she most recently served as deputy director of resource and planning.  She has extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, and her most recent positions have allowed her to interact with elected officials and stakeholders on a wide array of topics. Ross was also instrumental in licensing technology transformation, development of policies and procedures, and numerous other projects. Conrad Swan began as chief financial officer in the Business Services Division on Nov. 7. Swan’s career in Texas government has spanned tenures at the General Land Office and Office of the Attorney General. During his 17 years working for the state, he has served in roles ranging from budget manager to deputy budget director. Swan has extensive experience in government budgetary management and operations. Swan is a lifelong resident of Central Texas. He graduated from Texas State University and later attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. James Person began as the agency’s general counsel Nov. 1. Person previously served as general counsel for the Texas Department of Insurance, where he led a team of almost 50 lawyers and support staff. He has also served as an assistant general counsel to Gov. Greg Abbott, an assistant attorney general at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and an assistant general counsel at the Texas Lottery Commission. Person has a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nov 7, 2022

Agenda posted for commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 15, 2022

A regular meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. CST. View meeting agenda. Watch or listen live from your internet browser by using the video player at the bottom of the Agency Meetings page.  You can also attend this meeting at our Austin headquarters. Citizens can address the commission during a time set aside for public comment. Learn more on the Agency Meetings page.

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Oct 24, 2022

TABC Public Inquiry now reflecting current data

TABC has updated the Public Inquiry system to reflect the most current information (Oct. 23, 2022 data). TABC made the update today, Oct. 24, to replace old data that was temporarily displaying in the system.   Updated Oct. 24 at 3:45 p.m.

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Oct 12, 2022

TABC arrests four on third-degree felony theft charges

DALLAS — An investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has landed four men behind bars after they allegedly stole thousands of dollars’ worth of alcoholic beverages from a local distributor. The investigation began in April after TABC agents were contacted by officials from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), a nationwide alcohol distributor with operations in 44 states, including Texas. Southern Glazer’s representatives informed TABC that a local package store was in possession of hundreds of cases of distilled spirits that the company had no record of selling or delivering to the store. Subsequent investigation by TABC uncovered evidence that the store manager had illegally purchased the stolen products from a Southern Glazer’s delivery driver, with two other Southern Glazer’s employees also involved in the offense. In all, TABC agents recovered 230 cases of vodka, 119 cases of cognac and 29 cases of tequila from the package store, all valued at more than $34,000. Southern Glazer’s officials said total long-term losses due to the theft could top more than $278,000. Arrested and charged with felony organized retail theft were Janish Pankaj Vaishnav, 33 Victor Antonio Aguilar-Leon, 34 Carlos Jaime Munoz, 43 Michael Angel Medrano, 22 Each man was booked into the Dallas County Jail and later released on bond. “This case marks outstanding cooperation between TABC agents, Southern Glazer’s and our partners at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Without their assistance, it’s likely this theft would have continued even longer and could have caused ongoing harm both to the business and their customers across Texas.” “We are very appreciative of the TABC’s quick response to this situation,” added Matt Metz, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Texas.  “We are also grateful for the TABC agents who helped bring this case to a resolution.” Organized retail theft is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The criminal cases are pending with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. A TABC administrative case also remains open at the package store, Top Liquor Beer and Wine, located at 7606 Greenville Avenue in Dallas. For more information about TABC, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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Oct 7, 2022

Alcoholic beverage industry use of e-commerce platforms

Since October 2021, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has published two draft advisories pertaining to e-commerce platforms. We are issuing this letter to address multiple inquiries we have received recently pertaining to platforms that interact between license/permit holders in different tiers. TABC is currently evaluating the application of these platforms in light of the requirements and restrictions contained in the Alcoholic Beverage Code. Because our review of this topic is ongoing, TABC cannot currently provide guidance to industry on any particular platform.   TABC understands that this evaluation is a lengthy process, and we appreciate the industry’s patience. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at (512) 206-3367 or advisories@tabc.texas.gov.  Sincerely, Thomas Graham Executive Director Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

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Sept 28, 2022

TABC arrests Galveston bar employee following crash that killed four

GALVESTON — A Galveston bartender was arrested by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Monday after it was alleged he improperly served a person who was later identified by police as a suspect in a deadly August crash that left four people dead. Gil Garcia, 58, was arrested by agents from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit Sept. 26 and charged with selling alcohol to an intoxicated person. He was later booked into the Galveston County Jail. Garcia was identified as an employee of Gloria’s Lounge, 4126 Avenue S in Galveston. According to TABC agents, Garcia was working as a bartender the night of Aug. 6 when a drunken driver collided with a golf cart and killed four passengers. The victims, ages 4, 14, 25 and 49, were members of a family visiting Galveston Island on vacation. “This tragic case illustrates why it’s so important that alcohol retailers take steps to prevent sales to customers who show signs of intoxication,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Businesses can help prevent deadly crashes by following the law and educating employees on how to identify signs of intoxication. Businesses that are found to have contributed to serious injury or loss of life will be held accountable.” Individuals convicted of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person could face a fine of not more than $500 and up to a year in jail. Businesses found in violation could face TABC administrative action, including a fine or a temporary suspension of their alcohol license or permit. The criminal case remains under investigation by the Galveston Police Department and Galveston County District Attorney’s Office. A TABC administrative case against Gloria’s Lounge remains pending. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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