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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#