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Relating to the pickup and delivery of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1024 would allow third-party foodservice delivery personnel to transport and deliver closed-container alcoholic beverages included with food orders to consumers for off-premise consumption as long as the delivery location is not a separate premise holding a TABC license. Both the person transporting and the person accepting delivery must be over the age of 21 and the transporter may not carry alcoholic beverages in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.
HB 1024 would also allow an ultimate consumer over the age of 21 to pick up alcoholic beverages included in a food order for off-premise consumption.
Senate committee added a provision permitting a limited exception to allow private clubs to permit alcohol taken off-premise under certain conditions.
Texas Action supports HB 1024 because it promotes limited government and free markets. Government should not prevent a consumer from purchasing a closed-container alcoholic beverage from a permitted premise to be consumed off-premise when alcoholic beverages can be purchased from other retailers and carried off-premise. This bill would also make the ability to deliver alcohol to the ultimate consumers more uniform.