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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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Sept 14, 2020

Annual Compliance Reporting Period Now Open

The TABC Compliance Reporting period is now open. Businesses have until Dec. 1 to submit their annual inspection through our convenient TABC: Compliance Reporting mobile app. By using the app to ensure compliance with state law, you’ll spend less time meeting regulatory requirements while improving public safety across Texas. TABC changed the reporting process in 2019 so that businesses could conduct a quick and easy inspection from their smartphones or other mobile device instead of on-site with a TABC auditor.

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Sept 4, 2020

TABC Working With VFW, Veterans' Service Groups To Ensure Local Halls Remain Open

AUSTIN – A new initiative by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission helps veterans’ service groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion ensure their facilities can continue to provide critical services to military veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes after concerns that numerous VFW halls and similar facilities, many of which contain bars, would be required to remain closed as part of Texas’ efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new plan, which was jointly developed by TABC, the VFW and state elected officials, provides multiple options for veterans’ services groups looking to reopen their doors: Temporarily suspend alcoholic beverage license/permit: Eligible veterans’ service organizations may contact TABC to temporarily suspend their alcoholic beverage license or permit without penalty. This enables the organization to reopen its facility, though no alcohol may be sold. Re-diagram licensed premises: The organization can alter their licensed premises to exclude common areas away from the facility’s bar. This enables the organization to reopen the unlicensed portions of its facility to provide services to veterans. Operate as a restaurant: The organization can apply for a TABC Food and Beverage Certificate, allowing them to operate as a restaurant by either using their own kitchen facilities or by partnering with a third-party food vendor. For this option, alcohol sales must comprise less than 51% of the location’s gross receipts. TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles, an Army veteran, said the changes are part of an overall agency strategy to serve veterans. “TABC is grateful for the support of the VFW and the governor as we begin the statewide rollout of this program,” he said. “Helping those who have served our country falls in line with TABC’s core value of customer service, and I appreciate any opportunity to support our veterans.” Providing service to veterans is a personal mission for many TABC employees, according to agency Chairman Kevin Lilly. “TABC is proud to count dozens of armed forces veterans as employees,” Lilly said. “For many of us, finding ways to assist our fellow veterans is part of daily life. This program exemplifies our agency’s dedication to supporting those who have served our nation.” The program will greatly assist veterans’ organizations suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic, state Sen. Donna Campbell, M.D., said. “Our state’s veteran service organizations play a critical role in assisting the men and women who worked selflessly to defend our freedom,” said Campbell, who chairs the Texas Senate’s Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee. “This plan will allow groups such as the VFW and American Legion to continue providing these services, which are needed now more than ever. I thank the TABC for their efforts on this matter." Veterans’ services organizations with questions on the program may contact their local TABC office for more information. To locate your nearest office or learn more, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer chris.porter@tabc.texas.gov  

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Sept 2, 2020

Hall of Honor Nominations Open

Throughout TABC’s history, great leaders and public servants have dedicated their careers to protecting public health and safety while supporting businesses in a vital industry. Now, you can nominate a retired TABC employee, living or deceased, for possible induction into the agency’s new Hall of Honor. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2020.

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Sept 1, 2020

Quick Guide to the New TABC Site

Welcome! We hope you take some time to explore the new website, but we’ve provided a quick guide to get you started.

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Sept 1, 2020

TABC Compliance Reporting Starts Soon

Starting Sept. 15, businesses can begin conducting their annual compliance reports for their licensed and permitted locations in Texas through TABC’s Compliance Reporting mobile app. Businesses will have until Dec. 1 to complete their compliance reporting.

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Sept 1, 2020

Transformed TABC Website Offers Improved User Experience, Access to Public Records

AUSTIN — A top-to-bottom redesign of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s public website has gone live, offering users vastly improved search capabilities, the ability to download application forms, and quick and easy access to public information. The new site, which launched today, is the result of a more than nine-month redesign process that relied on feedback from agency employees, state lawmakers and members of the alcoholic beverage industry. The site is also fully optimized for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, making it easier for users to access important TABC functions and information on the go. “When designing the new site, we counted on feedback from the people who use the site the most — alcoholic beverage industry members,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “Their input allowed us to build a website that provides a vastly better experience for industry veterans as well as everyday Texans.” The redesign is the first phase of several planned changes to the TABC website, Nettles added. Future updates will add increased functionality, including the ability to apply for a new TABC license or permit online. “As the alcoholic beverage industry continues to modernize and reinvent itself, so must TABC,” Nettles said. “This website is another step forward in our mission of providing the very best customer service to the 29 million Texans we serve. I’m grateful to our team and our industry partners for all of their hard work in making the new website a reality. We’re especially pleased that the transformed website makes it easier to learn more about TABC assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m hopeful all affected businesses will use the site to take advantage of the many services we can offer.” To learn more about the improvements to the TABC website, visit: tabc.texas.gov/news/articles/quick-guide-to-the-new-tabc-site-2020/. Media Contact:Chris Porter Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462

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Sept 1, 2020

The TABC Delinquent List Has Moved

You can easily find the hourly Credit Law Delinquent List on our new site — but it now lives at the Texas Open Data Portal. Here’s how to get to it.

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Aug 27, 2020

TABC Offers Resources, Support for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Laura

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is ready to assist Texans whose businesses suffered damage following Hurricane Laura’s landfall early Thursday. While the storm’s worst effects were felt in neighboring Louisiana, TABC officials say businesses whose inventory was damaged by flooding, or those who need replacement documents from TABC, should contact their local office for assistance. Businesses may also obtain authorization to move product between locations. “While officials in counties across Southeast Texas continue to assess the damage, it appears we have avoided the worst of the damage,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “Even so, it’s clear that tens of thousands of Texans are without power, and some businesses may need help as they begin the process of recovery.” Business owners are encouraged to visit TABC’s Disaster Assistance webpage to learn more about available assistance, including: Forms for declaring damaged alcoholic beverage inventory Deadline extensions for license/permit renewals Waiving of penalties for late excise tax reports Information about the latest Credit Law Delinquent Lists TABC’s Disaster Assistance Webpage can be found at: https://www.tabc.texas.gov/services/tabc-licenses-permits/disaster-assistance-for-licensees. Business owners with additional questions may contact their local TABC office for more information. Media Contact:Chris Porter Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462

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Aug 7, 2020

TABC Executive Director's Open Letter to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Industry

August 7, 2020 "This August marks my third anniversary as executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. When I arrived, there were a number of challenges to address, particularly the agency's relationship with the alcoholic beverage industry. Since then, I've made it one of my top priorities to engage industry members, regain their trust and change the way the agency interacts with businesses. Three years later, I'm proud to say that TABC has made remarkable progress toward that goal. Then COVID-19 hit and our worlds were turned upside down." Read more.

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Aug 6, 2020

TABC Arrest Store Clerk Connected to Fatal Motorcycle Crash

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has arrested and charged a Center Point woman with illegally selling alcohol to an intoxicated man accused of causing a fatal July 18 motorcycle wreck that left four people dead near Kerrville. Ranelle Diane Welch, 37, turned herself into Kerr County authorities on August 6 following a TABC investigation. Welch is charged with Sale to Certain Person, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. She was later released on a $2,000 bond. Welch was working at a Dollar General store in Center Point around noon on July 18 when she sold beer to Ivan Robles-Navejas, 28, of Center Point. Investigators believe Robles-Navejas was already intoxicated when Welch sold him the alcohol. A short time later, Robles-Navejas was involved in a collision between his vehicle and members of the Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club, who were riding in a group on Texas 16. According to investigators with the Department of Public Safety, Robles-Navejas' vehicle crossed the center line, hitting 11 motorcycles and killing three riders at the scene. A fourth rider died of his injuries several days later. The Thin Blue Line Motorcycle club is comprised of active and veteran peace officers as well as supporters of law enforcement. State law prohibits the sale of alcohol to any person who exhibits signs of intoxication at the time of sale. "This is an extremely tragic case which may have been avoided if this individual was prevented from purchasing additional alcohol beverages prior to the crash," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. "TABC will hold accountable all businesses and employees who may have contributed to this case by illegally selling alcohol. We're grateful for the support of the Department of Public Safety, whose investigators were instrumental in assisting TABC agents in identifying the source of the alcohol in this case." The case remains under investigation. Media Contact:Chris Porter Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462

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