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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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May 23, 2022

TABC Offices Closed for Memorial Day

TABC offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen at our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31. Contact us.

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May 6, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: New Required Signs

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is directing license and permit holders who are required to post the following signs at their business premises to post updated versions released by TABC. These are the: TABC Complaint Sign: Required for license and permit holders that sell or serve to ultimate consumers. Human Trafficking Sign: Required for holders of a BG, BQ, MB, N/NB/NE, BE and BF license/permit without an FB Certificate. While TABC encourages businesses to post the new signs in a timely manner, TABC auditors will not issue penalties for displaying the old signs while the agency provides businesses time to transition.

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April 29, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: Late Filing Fees for Temporary Event Authorizations

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is reminding industry members that Temporary Event Approvals (TEAs) and Nonprofit Entity Temporary Event Permits (NTs) must be submitted at least 10 business days before the start date of an event to avoid paying late fees. Submissions of a TEA request or NT application are subject to the following late filing fees if submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of the event: $300 for applications received nine to seven business days before the event.  $500 for applications received six to four business days before the event.  $900 for applications received three to one business day before the event.  Late filing fees do not apply to File and Use Notifications or to NT permits that are specifically for auctions.  Visit TABC’s Temporary Event Authorizations page to learn more.

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April 29, 2022

TABC Arrests Fugitive on Interpol ‘Red Notice’ List

AUSTIN – A man long sought by Mexican federal police for human trafficking charges is now behind bars after he was arrested Friday morning by agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Hugo Texis is currently in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding facility following his arrest by members of TABC’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). SIU agents identified Texis as the subject of an active Interpol “Red Notice” issued by the Mexican federal police. He was located as part of a long-term ongoing investigation by SIU agents in the Houston area. Interpol Red Notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence. They are used to alert police in all member countries about internationally wanted fugitives. Red Notices help bring fugitives to justice, sometimes many years after the original crime was committed. When a person is sought for prosecution, they have not been convicted and should be considered innocent until proven guilty. TABC investigators collaborated with agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of State as well as Interpol and the Mexican federal police to make the arrest. Local and federal law enforcement agencies also participated in the arrest. Texis was safely placed under arrest and is currently being processed in DHS-ICE facilities. Texis, who is not a U.S. citizen, was previously deported in 2013. The Texas Legislature in 2019 made the investigation of human trafficking a top priority for TABC. One of the ways Texans can assist in the fight is by spotting the signs of potential trafficking at a location and reporting it. If you have information related to this individual or would like to report suspected trafficking, visit bit.ly/tabc-ht for more information. If you are a human trafficking survivor and would like to speak with the TABC victim services coordinator, email Victim.Services@tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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April 27, 2022

TABC Suspends Laredo Bar Following Long-Term Trafficking Investigation

AUSTIN — A Laredo bar is banned from selling alcoholic beverages for 90 days after investigators from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Special Investigations Unit found evidence of narcotics trafficking, prostitution and drink solicitation. Reyna’s Club, 511 San Agustin Avenue in Laredo, was the subject of a TABC emergency order issued this week following a long-term investigation that began in May 2021. TABC agents began the investigation after receiving multiple complaints related to potential human trafficking at the site. The business had also been the subject of multiple calls for service by the Laredo Police Department, including complaints related to public lewdness and assault. A series of inspections by TABC investigators later found cause to suspend the business’s permit for 90 days. Section 11.614 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes TABC to suspend a business’s liquor license or permit for up to 90 days if it’s believed that the 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. “Crimes such as narcotics trafficking, prostitution, or drink solicitation are often strong indicators of possible human trafficking,” said Bentley Nettles, TABC Executive Director. “As Texas’ sole alcohol regulator, TABC is committed to investigating any potential trafficking taking place in the businesses we license. Organized crime has no place in Texas.” The Texas Legislature in 2019 made the investigation of human trafficking a top priority for TABC, giving the agency the authority to investigate organized crime, including trafficking, prostitution, and drink solicitation, which is the act of overcharging customers when they purchase drinks for bar employees. The case remains under investigation. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov.

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April 13, 2022

TABC Offices Closed for Good Friday

TABC offices will be closed Friday, April 15, in observance of Good Friday. We will reopen at our regular hours on Monday, April 18. Contact us.

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April 13, 2022

TABC Cancels Houston Bar's Liquor Permit Following Human Trafficking Investigation

AUSTIN — A Houston-area bar’s liquor permit has been revoked after investigators from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Special Investigations Unit discovered a suspected brothel operating there. Vegas Nite Club, 12629 W. Hardy Road in Houston, was the subject of a TABC emergency order issued this week following an investigation into allegations of prostitution and human trafficking March 26. During the investigation, TABC investigators made contact with multiple women believed to be working at the location, obtaining information that’s led to both administrative actions being taken on the TABC permit and criminal charges filed against several suspects. TABC Victim Services offered assistance to all of the possible victims of human trafficking identified that night. TABC investigators later served the bar owner with an emergency order requiring them to stop all alcohol sales and service for 90 days. An order permanently cancelling the business’ liquor license soon followed. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec. 11.61 requires the Commission to cancel a business’ liquor license or permit if it’s found that “the place or manner in which the permittee conducts the permittee’s business warrants the cancellation or suspension of the permit based on the general welfare, health, peace, morals, and safety of the people.” “I’m incredibly proud of the work by our TABC agents, as well as our local, state and federal partners during this operation,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “Prostitution is one of the leading indicators of even more serious organized criminal activity, including human trafficking. TABC will continue to actively investigate and put a stop to any criminal activity taking place in the businesses we license.” Joining TABC on the investigation were the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, FBI, Harris County Constable’s Office – Precinct 1, U.S. Department of State and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The case remains under investigation. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov.

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April 11, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: Food and Beverage Certificate Audits

TABC will begin scheduling audits in the coming months with current Food and Beverage Certificate holders. TABC randomly selects businesses for this audit each year to ensure the certificate holders meet the eligibility requirements.

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April 8, 2022

TABC and the Texas Restaurant Association Work Together To Promote Safe Alcohol Delivery, To-Go Sales

AUSTIN – The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) have announced a new effort to promote TABC’s certification course on alcohol delivery safety. The Texas Responsible Alcohol Delivery Course (TRAD), much like the TABC Seller-Server Certification, shares with delivery drivers and foodservice establishment operators the necessary information to safely conduct alcohol-to-go deliveries. To facilitate the ease of accessing the TRAD training course and certification, the TRA has added the course to its catalog of training resources available for members across the state. The course is designed for persons who deliver alcoholic beverages to consumers on behalf of a retail business or for a delivery company that holds a Consumer Delivery Permit issued by TABC.  “TABC appreciates the Texas Restaurant Association’s support to get alcohol delivery drivers educated and trained on the law and safety,” said TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles. “TABC’s TRAD course not only educates drivers on how to make legal and safe alcohol deliveries, certification can also provide protections to delivery drivers and companies if certain mistakes are made during a delivery. TRAD certification helps protect Texas businesses, their workers, and our communities.” By working with the TRA — which represents the state’s $70 billion restaurant industry and a workforce of 1.3 million employees — TABC can reach more alcohol delivery drivers with important public safety information. “The last two years have been an incredible challenge for restaurant and foodservice operators,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Without alcohol-to-go, many restaurants would not have survived the COVID-19 pandemic. With alcohol-to-go made permanent during the last legislative session, we are proud to partner with TABC to provide our operators and their employees access to proper safety training to continue successfully including alcohol in their delivery orders.” Click here for more information on the TRA partnership. The course is also available through the TRA and TABC websites.   TABC Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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March 17, 2022

TABC Seeking Advisory Committee Members

TABC is responsible for protecting the public safety and welfare through consistent and efficient enforcement of the Alcoholic Beverage Code and related rules. Section 5.21 of the Code authorizes the Commission to establish advisory committees it considers necessary to accomplish the purposes of the Code and the agency’s mission. In 2021, the Commission by rule established three advisory committees responsible for providing important technical knowledge and industry expertise that can provide the Commission and TABC staff real-world insight. The board members include licensees, representatives from regulated businesses and industries, public members and other professionals. Advisory board members are appointed by Chairman Kevin Lilly. There is no financial compensation for membership; however, members who are selected to serve enjoy great satisfaction in knowing the significance of their membership and their impact on the professions they serve. If you're interested in becoming a member of a TABC advisory committee, please submit a letter of interest by scanning the QR code at the bottom of this page or by clicking this link to our online form. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact TABC’s Human Resources Division at TABCHR@tabc.texas.gov.

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