Is It Time For Texas to Allow Alcohol Sales on Sunday?
The selling of alcoholic beverages in Texas went under a bit of a change in the past year. As of September 2021, a change in laws allowed residents to begin purchasing alcohol at 10 AM instead of noon. However, liquor, at the time of writing, is still not permitted to be sold on Sunday.
But with the growing number of distilleries in Texas, some are pushing for a change to the law. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Texas only had 8 distilleries in the state. The number since then has grown dramatically, with a report stating there were now 190 in the The Lone Star in 2020.
With this rapid growth, distillers say it now might be time to take steps to change the laws that are hindering the ability sell liquor on Sundays. Not only are distilleries not permitted to sell liquor on Sunday, but there's another rule that limits sales further. Distillers are permitted to only sell 2 bottles of liquor to a customer in a month, when liquor sales are allowed.
Data from UTSA shows the benefits of the possibility of liquor being sold on Sunday. In 2020, according to data, distilleries provided 2 billion dollars in revenue for the state. They also provided 4,900 jobs for Texans.
With these and other factors included, the senior director of state government relations at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Kristi Brown said changes could benefit everyone:
“This study makes clear that continued growth of the Texas distilling industry presents great opportunities for the state, and that the collective economic contributions of these small businesses could be even greater if antiquated laws restricting spirits sales were updated."
In another comment obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Brown also stated:
"People are looking for products that are made in their own community that are unique and special, and Texas spirits are a perfect example of that.”
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