Texas is the ONLY state in the nation that allows privately owned corporations to own liquor stores while prohibiting publicly traded corporations from doing so. In addition, Texas law prevents any individual from holding more than 5 liquor store permits, but provides a loophole that has allowed a handful of privileged families to consolidate their permits and establish liquor store chains that dominate market share across the state.
On March 20, 2018, Federal District Judge Robert Pitman issues a decision that struck down these laws, declaring both the public corporation ban and the five-store limit to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The State of Texas has been picking winners and losers in private industry and stifling consumer choice for the benefit and enrichment of a few. As your constituent, I support economic freedom in the marketplace and a level playing field for all, and I reject special laws and loopholes that allow a privileged group of families’ private liquor store chains to be protected by the state.
I care about this issue, [Recipient’s title] [Recipient’s name], and I would like to hear how you plan to stand up for free markets and fair competition on behalf of Texas consumers.
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