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Sept 16, 2022

Businesses can make ownership updates online in latest AIMS release

TABC-licensed or permitted businesses can now update their ownership information online and meet certain notification requirements through the agency’s Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS). Businesses should now use AIMS to submit ownership or other supplemental changes instead of sending applications or notices by email.

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Sept 13, 2022

Statewide TABC back-to-school undercover operations catch 131 retailers selling alcohol to minors

AUSTIN — A statewide effort by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to enforce Texas’ underage drinking laws found that 14% of the more than 1,100 retailers visited during the operation sold alcohol to a minor. The finding was part of a statewide push timed to coincide with the start of the college fall semester. During the operation, minor-aged volunteers under the supervision of undercover TABC agents entered licensed retailers where they attempted to buy alcohol. While similar operations regularly occur across the state, the back-to-school operation targeted retailers in cities where colleges or universities are located during the month of August. In all, TABC agents conducted a total of 1,131 underage compliance operations across the state, finding a total of 131 violations, or a compliance rate of 86%. The high compliance rate is a testament to retailers’ efforts to keep employees informed of the law’s requirements, according to TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham. “Our state’s alcohol retailers are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing the illegal sale of alcohol to minors,” Graham said. “While TABC will continue to hold violators accountable, our first goal is to serve as a resource to help educate businesses and ultimately keep them in compliance.” Businesses cited for selling alcohol to a minor could face TABC administrative action including a civil fine and the temporary or permanent suspension of their liquor license. Individual employees who sell alcohol to minors could also face Class A misdemeanor charges. Businesses seeking more information about underage drinking laws can download free educational materials at www.2young2drink.com and tabc.texas.gov/public-safety/retailer-resources/. Business owners can also request free training by TABC auditors on best practices to avoid selling alcohol to minors. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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Sept 9, 2022

Payment Cart added in latest AIMS update

TABC-licensed or permitted businesses can now pay for multiple transactions at once using the Alcohol Industry Management System’s new Payment Cart feature. The Payment Cart in AIMS allows the user to pay for up to 10 transactions at once, including: New application fees. Product registrations. Renewal fees. Self-service items. Items in the Payment Cart expire after 90 days. Users receive an automatic email reminding them before their items expire. TABC has also published a new guide explaining how the new Payment Cart works.

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Aug 30, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: TABC to launch new online compliance reporting

TABC-licensed and permitted businesses are required to conduct an annual compliance report (aka self-inspection) of their Texas premises. This year, the compliance reporting period will not open Sept. 1 as in years past because TABC is integrating the compliance report function into the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS). TABC will notify your business in the coming months, sometime between fall 2022 and spring 2023, when it is time to conduct your compliance reports in AIMS. Compliance reports ask users a series of questions and prompt them to take photos to confirm they are following the applicable laws for their businesses. The new compliance reporting feature will let businesses conduct and file their annual reports on their mobile device by opening the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser and logging into AIMS, the same online system used by businesses to manage licenses, applications, reporting and more. Last year, TABC waived the compliance reporting requirement to decommission the old Compliance Reporting app and begin developing compliance reporting in AIMS.

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Aug 23, 2022

TABC cancels liquor permit for Hidalgo Co. bar following human trafficking investigation

AUSTIN — A Hidalgo County bar can no longer sell alcohol after its liquor permit was canceled by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission following a human trafficking investigation. The owner of El Rio Bar, 3609 La Homa Road in Mission, surrendered the business’s liquor license following an Aug. 9 meeting with agents of TABC’s Special Investigations Unit. SIU agents began their probe of the business in 2020 after receiving intelligence of possible organized crime including human trafficking. During the investigation, agents seized narcotics and observed multiple incidents of alleged drink solicitation. Drink solicitation occurs when an alcohol retailer allows an employee to solicit drinks from a customer, typically above the customary price. TABC investigators also referred several potential human trafficking victims to non-governmental organizations for victim services. The business was charged with multiple violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, including drink solicitation, prostitution and sales of narcotics by an employee. “By removing this bar’s ability to sell alcohol, TABC agents have cut off a major source of funding for criminal activity in the Mission community,” TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham said. “Not only does this keep the community safer, but it also makes it easier for businesses who follow the law to operate successfully. I’m proud of the hard work of our investigators, and I’d like to thank the members of the Mission community who stepped up and assisted with this case.” The Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes TABC to cancel the liquor permit of licensed businesses if the operation of that business is deemed a risk to public safety. To learn more about TABC’s mission, visit tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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