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Texas Beer-to-Go Bill Passes in the House

Plus stores might be able to sell beer and wine on Sunday mornings, and more news

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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Beer-to-Go Bill Passes in the House
The beer-to-go bill HB 672, which would allow breweries to legally sell take-home beers to customers, passed in the Texas House of Representatives last night. Originally, the bill seemed like it wasn’t going to pass after, but after a recount, it was determined that several votes didn’t count. Then State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (who backed the House version of the bill) attached it another bill calling for the revamping the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (aka the TABC sunset bill). That’s when both bills passed in the House. Next up: the companion bill (both the TABC sunset bill and the beer-to-go addition) will have to go through the Senate.

Sunday Beer and Wine Sales
Also passing last night was the bill that allowed retailers to sell beer and wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays (instead of the current start time of noon) in the House. Like the TABC sunset/beer-to-go bill, it will have to go through the Senate next.