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Changes Afoot For Texas Liquor Laws?

Walmart is suing Texas for the right to sell hard liquor. Soon after the lawsuit was filed in federal court, a coalition of businesses formed to push laws to allow publicly traded corporations to own and operate liquor stores. A couple of state legislators have also filed bills that would repeal parts of the alcohol […]

Liquor in old neon on Hwy 90, Houston (Image courtesy of Patrick Feller)

Walmart is suing Texas for the right to sell hard liquor. Soon after the lawsuit was filed in federal court, a coalition of businesses formed to push laws to allow publicly traded corporations to own and operate liquor stores. A couple of state legislators have also filed bills that would repeal parts of the alcohol code that exclude publicly traded corporations and limit the number of liquor stores a company can own. It’s not the first-time lawmakers have sought to change liquor laws in the state. During the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers proposed legislation that would allow liquor sales on Sundays.

We discuss the state’s history with liquor laws, what those rules and regulations are today, and legal challenges that could potentially block efforts to change the state’s liquor laws.

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