I am writing today to encourage you to stand up for free markets and fair competition by supporting SB 2209 and HB 4233. These bills, sponsored by Senator Kelly Hancock and Rep. Jason Isaac, remove outdated, anti-competitive language from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and level the playing field for the retail sale of spirits in Texas.
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 powerful families to consolidate their permits and establish liquor store cartels that dominate market share across the state.
The State of Texas is picking winners and losers in private industry and stifling competition 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.
[Recipient’s title] [Recipient’s name], I care about this issue, and I encourage you to stand up for consumers like me by supporting this important free market legislation.
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