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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 326 would amend Chapter 16 (Winery Permit) of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. This legislation would allow a winery permit holder to sell directly to the consumer no more than 155,000 gallons of wine annually that is manufactured or bottled by that permit holder. Additionally, this bill would allow a winery permit holder to sell directly to the consumer up to 25,000 gallons annually of wine that they did not produce or bottle.
The entire regulatory and licensing scheme for wine producers in Texas is overbearing and antithetical to free market and limited government principles. SB 326 moves in the right direction by increasing the amount of wine that a producer may sell directly to the customer for consumption off premises. We support SB 326 as a move in the right direction toward less government regulation and intervention in the free market.