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Jan 8, 2018

TABC to Host Roundtables with local Industry Members, Lawmakers January 9-10

Local members of the alcoholic beverage industry and the Texas Legislature will join leaders from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at three roundtable discussions taking place in Houston this week.

The meetings will take place January 9 – 10 at the Houston Community College Southeast College campus, 6815 Rustic Street in Houston. The first meeting at 1:30 p.m. January 9 will include legislators and guests from Harris and Fort Bend counties. The second meeting begins at 9 a.m. January 10 and includes attendees from Harris and Galveston counties, while the third meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. January 10 and includes attendees from Harris and Montgomery counties. All three meetings will take place in Room 316 of the Workforce Building.

The roundtables are among several such events planned across Texas which give attendees a chance to weigh in on TABC's mission, policies, and performance. The Texas alcoholic beverage industry has continued to see strong growth over the last decade, with more than 52,000 licensed businesses contributing more than $40 billion annually to the Texas economy and an estimated $2 billion in tax revenue to the state treasury in fiscal years 2018-2019.

As the state's regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC is charged with helping eligible persons to obtain the necessary licenses or permits to do business while ensuring industry members remain in compliance with the laws put in place by the Texas Legislature.

"As the alcoholic beverage industry grows, it's up to TABC to grow with it," said A. Bentley Nettles, TABC Executive Director. "We're asking our partners in the industry to let us know how we can improve our job performance moving forward. Additionally, we're asking them to identify things that we're doing right so we can ensure those best practices are emulated across the state. This is an outstanding opportunity for TABC to take its message directly to the businesses we help regulate."

The agency has also invited local members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate to the roundtables to share their views on the agency, Nettles said.

"With the Sunset Advisory Commission beginning its year-long review of TABC, we want to keep the lines of communication open between our elected leaders and the agency," Nettles said. "This roundtable discussion serves as a forum for agency leaders, industry members, and lawmakers to express their ideas about the path forward for TABC during this important time."

Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462