Skip to main content

Your local TABC

News

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.

For media inquiries and other public information, visit the Public Information page.

Feb 12, 2024

TABC agent responds to active shooter situation at Lakewood Church

AUSTIN — An off-duty agent of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission was among multiple commissioned peace officers who responded to a shooting at Houston’s Lakewood Church around 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. TABC Agent Adrian Herrera was working off duty as a security officer at the church when a person opened fire with a long rifle in the lobby of the building. Herrera and another officer responded by engaging the shooter and neutralizing the threat. Officials from TABC’s Law Enforcement Department and the agency’s Office of Inspector General are working with local and state investigators to determine what led to the shooting. Per agency policy, Herrera has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal TABC investigation into the shooting. He has been employed by TABC for approximately five years. “While we are still gathering the facts on what took place at Lakewood Church, I can say that I’m extremely proud of the quick response of our agent as well as the other law enforcement agents on the scene,” TABC Chairman Kevin Lilly said. “These officers likely prevented a much greater tragedy through their brave actions.” “TABC agents are trained to respond to situations such as this as part of their duties,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “As Texas peace officers, each of our agents are committed to protecting lives and keeping the people of Texas safe.” The shooting remains under investigation by TABC, the Houston Police Department, and the Texas Rangers. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Director of Communications (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

Read more
Jan 22, 2024

Meeting documents posted for Jan. 23 commission meeting in El Paso

A regular meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is scheduled in El Paso for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. MST (11:30 a.m. CST).

Read more
Jan 17, 2024

Free webinar to help fight human trafficking offered by TABC and Texas Restaurant Association

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Restaurant Association are conducting a free webinar on Jan. 18 to educate people working in the alcoholic beverage industry on the warning signs of human trafficking and how to report it. The joint webinar is part of both groups’ efforts to commemorate Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The annual observance, announced by Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 3, is intended to raise awareness of human trafficking while empowering Texans to report suspected crime. TABC has a statutory directive to prevent criminal activity at TABC-licensed locations, and human trafficking is among the many crimes the agency works to stop. The webinar will help business owners and their employees identify the signs of human trafficking and report concerning activity to law enforcement, according to TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham. “Our best tool to fight human trafficking is the eyes and ears of all Texans,” Graham said. “TABC is proud to work with our partners in the Texas Restaurant Association and the alcoholic beverage industry to help make a safer Texas for all.” TABC and the TRA have a long history of partnering to promote public safety through webinars, in-person training and other initiatives. “Human trafficking is a preventable crime that occurs throughout Texas,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., TRA president and CEO. “We’re proud to work hand-in-hand with TABC to empower our industry so we can lead in the effort to stop this human trafficking in Texas.” The free online webinar begins at 2 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 18. Participants can register at https://bit.ly/3SaiaQX. Industry members can also request a recording of the webinar by emailing Erica Valdriz at evaldriz@txrestaurant.org. For information on the Texas Restaurant Association, visit txrestaurant.org. For more information on TABC, visit tabc.texas.gov. MEDIA CONTACT for TABC: Chris Porter TABC Director of Communications (512) 206-3462 – media@tabc.texas.gov       MEDIA CONTACT for Texas Restaurant Association: ECPR Texas Nico Ramsey, (512) 516-0302 Camryn Lees, (262) 490-9380     TRA@ecprtexas.com  

Read more
Jan 16, 2024

Agenda posted for El Paso commission meeting scheduled for Jan. 23, 2024

A regular meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is scheduled in El Paso for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. MST (11:30 a.m. CST).

Read more
Jan 2, 2024

INDUSTRY NOTICE: It's time to conduct annual compliance reports

You are required to conduct a compliance report (i.e., self-inspection) for each of your licensed/permitted locations in Texas. The report requires your business to answer a series of questions about its operations and take certain photos at its premises to confirm it is following applicable laws. When: Begin and complete your compliance report(s) anytime between *Jan. 1 and March 31, 2024. *EXCEPTION: For holders of any primary license/permit that is accompanied by a combination of subordinates and/or certificates as displayed below, you may not begin your compliance report on Jan. 1. Instead, we will contact you later in 2024 and will provide you with a different reporting period. Permit combinations that begin their report(s) on a later date P + LP     BG + BP + E BG + E     BG + BP + FB + E BG + FB +E     BG + BP + LH + E BG + LH + E     BG + BP + FB + LH + E BG + FB + LH + E     BW + SD If you hold a P, BG, or BW by itself (without the above combination of subordinates and/or certificates), you are still required to file your compliance report between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2024. It is only if you have one of the above combinations that you will begin your reports at a later date that TABC will provide you. For example, a Package Store Permit (P) without an LP must file their report between Jan. 1 and March 31, as will the holder of a BG that doesn’t have any subordinates or certificates. How: Conduct your compliance report by using the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) on your Android or Apple mobile device.

Read more
Dec 13, 2023

TABC launches new Opioid-Related Drug Overdose training course

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has launched a new training course intended to help certain alcohol retailers recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and give them the skills to intervene with lifesaving measures. The course was developed by the agency after a new law took effect on Sept. 1, 2023. Senate Bill 998, authored by state Sen. Royce West and adopted by the 88th Texas Legislature, requires certain Mixed Beverage and Private Club permit holders, and certain members of their staff, to complete an opioid overdose training course provided by TABC each year. The law was crafted in response to the ongoing opioid crisis in America. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 150 Americans die each day from opioid-related overdoses, including illegally produced opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. “Texas continues to lead the fight against the fentanyl crisis that is plaguing our state and our nation,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “With this new Opioid-Related Drug Overdose training course, we will help ensure alcohol retailers and their staff know how to keep their customers safe from fentanyl and other opioid poisonings. I thank the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for their ongoing efforts in our comprehensive statewide ‘One Pill Kills’ campaign. Their hard work, and the new laws I signed this year, will help save the lives of Texans each and every day.” Abbott signed SB 998 into law in June. West, whose Senate district includes portions of Dallas County, said his bill is aimed at reducing overdose deaths across Texas. “Not a week passes without hearing of another opioid-related death. The course developed by TABC following the passage of SB 998 will instruct those who work in venues where alcohol is sold on how to identify a person in the stages of an opioid overdose and train them to administer an opioid antagonist,” West said. “SB 998 creates a safety net in this fight against the fentanyl and opioid-related deaths that continue to devastate our communities. SB 998 and the resultant training will help save lives.” TABC’s Opioid-Related Drug Overdose course provides bar owners, managers, and their staff with an overview of opioid overdoses, including the symptoms and warning signs, as well as steps to take if they identify a person suffering from an possible overdose. The lifesaving steps include the administration of a medication called naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save a life. “Studies show that 1 in 4 Texans have experienced an overdose or know someone who has,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “This training will support alcohol retailers with the knowledge and skills they need to both protect their customers from the harmful and sometimes lethal effects these drugs can have.” TABC’s Opioid-Related Drug Overdose course is now available for free on the new TABC Education webpage: tabc.texas.gov/texas-alcohol-laws-regulations/tabc-education/. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Director of Communications (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

Read more
Dec 12, 2023

INDUSTRY NOTICE: Annual compliance reporting period starts Jan. 1

To: Holders of BW, BB, BC, BE, BF, BG, BQ, D, G, MB, N, NB, NE, P, Q, W, and X licenses and permits Re: Required compliance reporting for TABC-licensed businesses with Texas locations starts soon What: You are required to conduct a compliance report (i.e., self-inspection) for each of your licensed/permitted locations in Texas. The report requires your business to answer a series of questions about its operations and take certain photos at the premises to confirm the business is following applicable laws. When: Begin and complete your compliance report(s) anytime between Jan. 1, 2024, and March 31, 2024. * *Exceptions: For holders of any primary license/permit that is accompanied by a combination of subordinates and/or certificates as displayed in the table below, do NOT begin your compliance report on Jan. 1. Instead, we will contact you later in 2024 to provide you with a different reporting period. Permit combinations that begin their report(s) on a later date P + LP     BG + BP + E BG + E     BG + BP + FB + E BG + FB +E     BG + BP + LH + E BG + LH + E     BG + BP + FB + LH + E BG + FB + LH + E     BW + SD If you hold a P, BG, or BW by itself (without the above combination of subordinates and/or certificates), you are still required to file your compliance report between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2024. It is only if you have one of the above combinations that you will begin your reports at a later date that TABC will provide you. For example, a Package Store Permit (P) without an LP must file their report between Jan. 1 and March 31, as will the holder of a BG that doesn’t have any subordinates or certificates. How: Conduct your compliance report by using the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) on your mobile device.

Read more
Dec 4, 2023

Virtual public hearing scheduled for Dec. 14

Join TABC staff by video conference to discuss proposed rules published by the commission, which may be considered for adoption at TABC’s next commission meeting. This meeting will take place by video conference on Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 to 11 a.m. CST. Summary for Ch. 33 Rule Amendments: TABC proposes to amend rules in Chapter 33 relating to the sale or provision of alcoholic beverages at temporary events. The proposed amendments primarily implement new laws authorizing distilled spirits samplings or tastings at certain temporary events and the sale of wine and malt beverages at certain racing events. The proposed amendments clarify the requirements and responsibilities that permittees must follow to legally sell or provide alcoholic beverages at temporary events.  Summary for 16 TAC §41.25 Amendment: TABC proposes to amend Rule §41.25 relating to the sampling of distilled spirits by permittees. The proposed amendment implements a new law authorizing distilled spirits samplings or tastings at certain temporary events. The proposed amendment clarifies that distilled spirits taken from a permittee’s inventory for a sampling or tasting event are subject to excise taxes. Summary for 16 TAC §45.117 Amendment: TABC proposes to amend Rule §45.117 relating to advertising specialties provided to retailers by certain permittees. Currently, the amount of advertising specialties allowed under the law is set in the TABC Rules. The proposed amendment would allow the executive director to set that amount by order rather than through the rulemaking process. Summary for Ch. 50 Rule Amendments: TABC proposes to amend rules in Chapter 50 relating to seller/server training. The proposed amendments increase the minimum time of active instruction and student participation in seller server training from 120 minutes to 140 minutes to account for new opioid-related training mandated by law. The proposed amendments also simplify the process for updating the curriculum for seller server training. The full text of the proposed rules is now available in the Texas Register. 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 Dec. 31, 2023. Written comments may be submitted to rules@tabc.texas.gov or the Office of the General Counsel, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, P.O. Box 13127, Austin, TX 78711-3127. You can watch live from your internet browser where you can submit public comments through the chat feature. You can also listen live by calling the phone number below. Conference call line: +1 669-254-5252  Meeting ID: 161 156 7273  iPhone one-click dialing: +16692545252,,1611567273# 

Read more
Nov 27, 2023

Virtual stakeholder meeting scheduled for Dec. 7

Join TABC staff to discuss draft rule amendments the agency developed to implement new laws from the 88th Legislature. This meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 to 11 a.m. CST. Potential draft rule for publication: Revisions to Rule 45.4 (Product Registration Required) to add provisions in response to the passage of SB 1322 and SB 1832 in the 88th Legislature, Regular Session. It is TABC's intent to propose this rule for publication at the commission meeting in January. Location: This meeting will be held by Zoom videoconference at this link. Conference call line: +1-669-254-5252 Meeting ID: 160 055 2196  Passcode: 676965 iPhone one-click dialing: +16692545252,,1600552196# If you are unable to attend by videoconference, you may share your thoughts with TABC staff by emailing rules@tabc.texas.gov.

Read more
Oct 6, 2023

TABC agents act quickly to save victim of possible opioid overdose

AUSTIN — Quick action by two agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission revived a woman who was found unresponsive during an inspection of a Dallas-area bar Sept. 30. TABC agents Wesley McDonald and Tim Shepherd were conducting a regular inspection of a dance club on the 10000 block of Finnell Street when they observed a woman in a wheelchair slumped over and unresponsive. The unresponsive person was surrounded by several other patrons who were attempting to revive her. The two agents examined the woman and found that she was limp and unresponsive to verbal stimulation. They also could not locate a pulse on the woman. The agents instructed an employee to contact 911 and began questioning the woman’s acquaintances on whether she had taken any drugs or medication. During this conversation, the woman’s eyes rolled back and the skin around her mouth began to turn blue. The agents quickly determined that it was necessary to use Narcan, the device that delivers the anti-opioid overdose medication naloxone. Agent McDonald retrieved his Narcan, while Agent Shepherd held the woman’s head upright to maintain her airway. A few seconds after the medication was administered, the woman regained consciousness. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further treatment. “I truly believe Agent McDonald’s and Agent Shepherd’s quick actions saved a life that night,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Our agents are, first and foremost, dedicated to keeping Texans safe and saving lives. I’m incredibly proud of these agents’ actions, and I’m grateful for all our agents and industry partners who are working to keep their fellow Texans safe.” All TABC agents conducting inspections carry Narcan as part of their regular duty equipment. The agency is also working to develop training for alcohol retailers on the warning signs of a possible opioid overdose and what to do if a suspected overdose takes place at the business. The agents’ lifesaving actions come as Texas observes its first Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month this October. The annual observance, which was adopted by the Texas Legislature earlier this year, seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of opioids such as fentanyl. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Director of Communications (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

Read more