Author: The Texas Tribune: TribTalk

Texas Legislature should reform unconstitutional liquor laws

In 2015, Walmart filed a lawsuit in federal court against unconstitutional and protectionist provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that restrict who is allowed to sell spirits at retail. The Texas Package Stores Association (TPSA), a trade group whose website boasts that it was “organized to protect the interests of package store owners in…

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Texans for Consumer Freedom Applauds Court Decision Striking Down Unfair Texas Liquor Laws

AUSTIN –– Today, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman issued a decision striking down Texas laws that have prevented publicly traded corporations from obtaining package store permits and selling liquor in Texas. Texans for Consumer Freedom spokesperson Travis Thomas responded to the decision as follows: “We applaud Judge Pitman’s decision that these unfair Texas laws violate the U.S….

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Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Jason Isaac Stand Up for Free Markets and Fair Competition SB 2209, HB 4233 Eliminate Anti-Competitive TABC Laws & Level the Playing Field for the Retail Sale of Spirits

AUSTIN – On Friday, March 10, 2017, Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) filed SB 2209 and HB 4233 to eliminate two anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code on behalf of Texas consumers. Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF), a consumer education and advocacy organization supporting the elimination…

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Rep. Phil King Takes a Stand for Free Markets and Fair Competition Files HB-1872 to Eliminate Loophole Favoring Some Family Businesses Over Others

AUSTIN –On Tuesday, February 14, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) filed HB-1872 to eliminate an anti-competitive, outdated provision of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (TABC) that for generations has unfairly granted some families the ability to own an unlimited number of liquor stores, while restricting others to a maximum of five. “Texans for Consumer Freedom…

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Birdwell Bill Will Level the Playing Field for Private Liquor Store Ownership SB 750 Eliminates Discriminatory Loophole that Favors Some Families Over Others

AUSTIN – On Monday, February 6, Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) filed SB 750 to eliminate an 82-year-old, anti-competitive provision of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that for generations has unfairly granted some families the ability to own an unlimited number of liquor stores while restricting others to a maximum of five. Travis Thomas,…

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Private and Public Retailers Stand Behind Eliminating Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Texas Retailers Association Promotes Passage of SB 609 and HB 1225

AUSTIN – The Texas Retailers Association (TRA), an organization representing every segment of the retail industry throughout Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. TRA joins alongside Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association, Americans for…

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Costco Wholesale Joins Effort to Eliminate Anti-Competitive Liquor Laws

AUSTIN – Costco Wholesale Corporation, a membership warehouse club with twenty-five stores and over seven thousand employees in Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  Costco joins TCF alongside Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association,…

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Young Conservatives of Texas Supports Efforts to Eliminate Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Conservative Organization Calls for Leveling the Playing Field for Texas Retailers

AUSTIN – The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), a non-partisan youth organization committed to promoting conservative values in Texas, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in its call to eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  YCT joins TCF alongside Costco, Kroger, Walmart, Brookshire Grocery Company, the Texas Association of Business, the…

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Texas Young Republican Federation Joins Efforts to Eliminate Anti-Competitive TABC Laws 25 Texas Chapters Call on Legislature to Defend Free Markets and Fair Competition

AUSTIN – The Texas Young Republican Federation (TYRF), an official auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas focused on Republicans ages 18 to 40, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in its call to eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.  TYRF joins TCF alongside a growing coalition of supporters that includes…

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Anti-Competitive TABC Laws Allow Market Share Domination by Private Chains Economic Analysis Underscores the Need to Eliminate Protectionist Laws

AUSTIN – On the same day the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce heard SB 609, a bill that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, Texans for Consumer Freedom released the results of an economic study highlighting the market dominance of private liquor store chains. Jon Hockenyos, President of economic…

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