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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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Texas Could Be Doing Away with a Non-Competitive Liquor Store Law

On Monday, April 10, the Texas Senate voted to eliminate a package liquor store law that for years has, according to the advocacy group Texans for Consumer Freedom and many proponents of free market competition, “provided a loophole granting some families the ability to own an unlimited number of liquor stores, while restricting others to…

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Texas Senate Votes to Eliminate Anti-Competitive Liquor Law Passage of SB 750 Demonstrates Overwhelming Opposition to Discriminatory Five-Store Limit

AUSTIN – On Monday, April 10, 2017 the Texas Senate overwhelmingly voted to eliminate a discriminatory, anti-competitive provision of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that for generations has provided a loophole granting some families the ability to own an unlimited number of liquor stores, while restricting others to a maximum of five. “By voting to…

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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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Selling liquor in Texas was once calm, until it went on steroids

Five new realities of the liquor business Boundaries have evaporated. Strategically located stores that were relevant for decades have been made obsolete as 450 cities in Texas voted to go wet since the mid-2000s. Big players are branching out. Houston-based Spec’s and Maryland-based Total Wine & More have huge selections and multiple locations. Total Wine…

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Op-ed: Liquor debate tests Texas’ free-market will

As Texans, we are very proud of our commitment and adherence to free-market principles. Fair competition, a key tenet of free markets, has created an environment in which Texas businesses improve, innovate and thrive. It is what has made the Texas economy the envy of the nation and our business environment the most inviting for…

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