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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Should ‘made in Texas’ mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on Jason Isaac’s wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Q&A: Veteran peace officers take on 10-term incumbent for Hays County Pct. 2 constable

ELECTION 2016 VIDEO | Hays County’s longest-serving elected official, Pct. 2 Constable James H. Kohler, couldn’t be more confident that he will win his eleventh consecutive general election this fall. First, he must beat longtime peace officers...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Craft brewers seek further reforms from lawmakers

The 2013 legislative session was viewed by many observers as a watershed moment for craft brewers in Texas. But at a Thursday hearing, the House Economic Development Committee was encouraged to do more

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

New law aims to level playing field for Texas distillers

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday declared September “Texas Craft Spirits Month” as the state begins to implement new laws that give distillers more freedom to produce and sell in the state.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Lower mixed drink taxes not likely to lower bar tab

Starting next year, you'll be paying more in taxes for the margarita you order to wash down those enchiladas at your favorite taqueria while the restaurant saves a bundle on liquor taxes under a new law the...

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Audio: New laws a boon for Texas craft breweries

Texas craft breweries are getting a big boost thanks to a new state law recently signed by Gov. Rick Perry allowing them to go head to head with major alcohol brands across the nation.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Panel discusses Sunday liquor sales

As the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee took up a bill that would allow liquor sales on Sundays, one committee member raised concerns about whether the legislation could make it easier for minors to access alcohol.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Beer distributors, craft brewers reach tentative deal

Following a week of tense negotiations, a divided beer industry reached a compromise Monday on legislation to amend the state's alcoholic beverage code, beating a deadline set by state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, the Senate Business and...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Craft brew bills raise questions over alcohol code

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday acted as legislative referee over bills that would allow craft breweries to sell on their premises and self-distribute in Texas, but critics said the legislation would hurt the state's...

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Bills would let liquor stores open on Sundays

Texans have 66 hours during the week to buy bottled liquor under current law, but two bills filed this session could allow 10 more hours of shopping time by letting liquor stores stay open on Sundays.

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