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Dec 2, 2022

Contact TABC by phone for licensing, AIMS support

TABC is encouraging businesses to contact (512) 206-3360 for questions about their license applications, existing licenses, or their Alcohol Industry Management System accounts. Over the past several months, TABC has put in place a new call center system to improve customer service for stakeholders interacting with our Licensing team. Because of this, the agency now recommends businesses across the state use the below contact information for inquiries, including AIMS questions. Industry may call (512) 206-3360 to reach Licensing staff, regardless of where the business is located. TABC is currently testing the call center model being used by Licensing staff to design improvements to future customer service options.

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Dec 5, 2022

Agenda posted for public hearing scheduled for Dec. 19, 2022

Join TABC staff by video conference to discuss rules published by the commission. New and Amended Ch. 31, Administration. Revisions include a combined rule for complaint submission and processing that updates submission methods and lays out the agency’s procedural steps; a new legislatively mandated provision for Family Leave Pool; and a requirement to use specific language for certain regulated business signage. New Rule 33.81, Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages for a Temporary Event. This clarifies where a Mixed Beverage or Private Club permit holder can purchase wine and malt beverages for an event held at a temporary location that is not in the same county as the permit holder’s primary licensed premises. Amended Rule 33.55, Application Review and Protest. This addresses license and permit application fee payments that are returned for insufficient funds. Amended Ch. 50, Alcoholic Beverage Seller Server and Delivery Driver Training. Revisions make various updates to align the rule with TABC practices and technology, recognize modern course elements, provide clarity on seller/server school renewal late fees, establish testing standards for passing the train the trainer course, and more. The full text of the proposed rules is available in the Texas Register here. (TABC’s proposed rules begin on Page 47, TexReg 8006). 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 Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Written comments may be submitted to TABC Rules Attorney Shana Horton rules@tabc.texas.gov.

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Dec 1, 2022

Agenda posted for stakeholder meeting scheduled for Dec. 15, 2022

Join TABC staff by videoconference to discuss two draft marketing practices advisories. The stakeholder meeting will be held by web conference only. Agenda Item 1. Amendments to Marketing Practices Advisory 014 (MPA014), Retailer Offering Price Discount to Consumer: The advisory was published in 2005 to address consumer discounts and inducements, referencing 16 Texas Administrative Code § 45.101. The draft amended advisory proposed for discussion is renamed Offering Price Discounts for Alcohol Sold to Consumers, addresses discounts offered to consumers via loyalty programs according to new TABC Rule § 45.102 (became effective in February 2022), and includes examples of quantity discounts. Additionally, the draft amended advisory maintains the statement that it is not the Commission’s intention to dictate how retailers and manufacturers price their products to a consumer.  Item 2. Revisions to Marketing Practices Advisory 061 (MPA061), Alcohol Delivery and Sales by Certain Retail Permit Holders: This revised advisory removes information that is no longer applicable following changes made to the law by the 87th Legislature. TABC staff will provide a brief overview of the proposed changes during the stakeholder meeting, and participating stakeholders will have an opportunity to make verbal comments and ask questions related to the advisories on the agenda. Draft advisory MPA014 (Item 1) will be published in the Texas Register on Dec. 16, 2022. It is TABC's intent to receive comments on both advisories for up to two weeks following the stakeholder meeting. Comments should be emailed to advisories@tabc.texas.gov. Following this comment period, the agency may update the draft advisories on the TABC website. Notice will be provided through industry email notifications.

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Nov 29, 2022

TABC selects director of Licensing, general counsel, and CFO

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is announcing the selection of three longtime public servants to fill crucial leadership roles across the agency. Longtime TABC employee Julie Ross will begin as director of Licensing on Dec. 1, 2022. Ross has served Texans for 29 years in TABC’s Licensing Division, where she most recently served as deputy director of resource and planning.  She has extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, and her most recent positions have allowed her to interact with elected officials and stakeholders on a wide array of topics. Ross was also instrumental in licensing technology transformation, development of policies and procedures, and numerous other projects. Conrad Swan began as chief financial officer in the Business Services Division on Nov. 7. Swan’s career in Texas government has spanned tenures at the General Land Office and Office of the Attorney General. During his 17 years working for the state, he has served in roles ranging from budget manager to deputy budget director. Swan has extensive experience in government budgetary management and operations. Swan is a lifelong resident of Central Texas. He graduated from Texas State University and later attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. James Person began as the agency’s general counsel Nov. 1. Person previously served as general counsel for the Texas Department of Insurance, where he led a team of almost 50 lawyers and support staff. He has also served as an assistant general counsel to Gov. Greg Abbott, an assistant attorney general at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and an assistant general counsel at the Texas Lottery Commission. Person has a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nov 7, 2022

Agenda posted for commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 15, 2022

A regular meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. CST. View meeting agenda. Watch or listen live from your internet browser by using the video player at the bottom of the Agency Meetings page.  You can also attend this meeting at our Austin headquarters. Citizens can address the commission during a time set aside for public comment. Learn more on the Agency Meetings page.

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