A Win for Fair Competition: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Protectionist Liquor Law

Texans for Consumer Freedom applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Tennessee law requiring a person to be a resident of the state for two years before applying for a package store license. According to the Court, this law is protectionist and unconstitutional. This decision reaffirms a U.S. District Court decision that…

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A Step in the Right Direction: Legislature Votes to Eliminate the Five Store Limit

With Governor Abbott’s signature, HB 1545 will eliminate the “Five Store Limit” and the “consanguinity loophole,” which U.S. Federal District Court Judge Robert Pitman found unconstitutional, and which for decades has allowed a few privileged families to play by a separate set of rules, consolidate their permits, and amass liquor store empires that now dominate the state’s retail liquor market. While HB 1545…

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Closed on Sundays: A guide to some of Texas’ confusing alcohol regulations You can't use credit to buy beer from wholesalers, but you can own more liquor stories if you do business with family.

Texas politicians love to portray the Lone Star State as a mecca for free-market capitalism and low regulation. But those lawmakers might want to take a gander at their state’s byzantine alcohol policies. From banning Sunday sales of bottled liquor to prohibiting craft brewers from selling beer to-go out of their taprooms, Texas has some…

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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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Exploiting Discriminatory Loophole, Twin Liquors Boasts Addition to Massive Liquor Store Cartel Despite Five-Store Limit, Jabour Family Opens 81st Store

AUSTIN – On Friday, February 17, 2017, Twin Liquors, the state’s second largest liquor store chain opened its 81st Texas store by exploiting a discriminatory loophole in the law for the 76th time. Although David Jabour, President of Twin Liquors, attributes the success of the chain to a “dedication to the customer,” the company’s expansion…

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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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