2 Dallas-Fort Worth legislators file to make alcohol-to-go permanent
The ongoing and utterly admirable initiative to make alcohol legal in Texas has crossed an important threshold. A bill has been tabled by two heroic Dallas-Fort Worth lawmakers in both the Senate and the Texas House of Representatives.
Senator Kelly Hancock and Rep. Charlie Geren filed SB 298 / HB 1094 to make Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency waiver – which allows restaurants to safely sell alcohol with food pickup and delivery orders – a permanent proposition.
SB 298 / HB 1094 would allow restaurants with a mixed drink permit and a food and drink certificate from TABC to sell beer, wine and cocktails with food orders purchased for pickup or delivery, including through third-party delivery companies.
The bill requires that all alcoholic beverages be sealed in either their original manufacturer-sealed container or in a tamper-evident container marked with the company name and the words “alcoholic beverage”.
Kelly Hancock represents Senate District 9, which includes parts of Counties Tarrant and Dallas. Charlie Geren represents District 99, which covers a large area northwest of Fort Worth. Go DFW.
Senator Hancock chairs the Texas Senate’s Business & Commerce Committee, and Representative Geren chairs the property management team.
Geren said in a statement that he and Hancock have been working with TRA, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and other stakeholders over the past few months on legislation “to allow mixed drink restaurants to deliver alcohol directly to their customers to sell”. or supplied by third party suppliers. “
“I look forward to working with lawmakers to pass this bill, which is a valuable source of income for our Texas restaurants to return from the devastating effects of the pandemic,” he says.
Although there is no schedule yet, Texas’s 87th legislature begins January 12th and lasts through May.
Emily Williams Knight, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, said in a statement that the TRA welcomed Chairman Hancock, Chairman Geren and other allies such as the Texas Package Stores Association, whose support led to the filing of SB 298 / HB 1094.
“We know the road to recovery will be long, and that’s exactly why we need tools like take-away alcohol to be permanent,” says Knight. “But more than that, filing this bill is exciting because it shows that Texas is ready not only to rebuild, but to rebuild stronger than ever.”