Advocacy Issues

Below you'll find a list of the current issues upon which the TRA is focused. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Kenneth Besserman, General Counsel, or Rebecca Robinson, Advocacy Manager.

THE ISSUES - 86th Texas Legislature:

 

Weights and Scales in Restaurants - The BBQ Bill

HB 2223 - (Rep. FRULLO/Sen. Perry)

TRA is supporting legislation to clarify and strengthen the language of the original BBQ bill, and to implement the recent Attorney General opinion following TDA rules attempting to nullify it. Read More.

 

Texas Alcohol & Beverage Code - Wet/DRY Certification

HB 1443 - (Rep. Thompson/Sen. Bob Hall)

TRA supports legislation that would provide for a set time frame (30 days) for a city or county to certify wet status, thus streamlining the TABC permitting process. Read More.  

 

Alcohol Delivery 

SB 1450 (Sen. Hancock/Rep. Paddie)

TRA is supporting amendments to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Code to allow the holder of a mixed beverage permit to deliver or have delivered by a third party, an alcoholic beverage from the permitted premises directly to the consumer. Read More.

 

Consistent Employment Regulations

SB 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488 - (Sen. Creighton) 

TRA is working with the ASSET coalition to support legislation that would create streamlined and consistent statewide employment regulations. Read More.

 

OySTER AQUACULTURE

HB 1300 (Rep. Hunter/Sen. Kolkhorst)

TRA is working with a wide-range of stakeholders ranging from conservationists to the business community and academia. This group includes the Coastal Conversation Association, Visit Corpus Christi and oyster researchers from Texas A&M University, to work with state agencies and others, including Texas Parks & Wildlife, to spearhead legislation that would create a new industry in Texas – oyster farming. Read More.  

 

School Start Date 

HB 233 (Rep. Krause) - SB 673 (Sen. Campbell)

 TRA is working with the A+ Texas coalition to support legislation to establish a uniform school year that begins after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day. Read More.

 

Texas Music Incubator Program 

HB 2806 (REP. MORRISON) - SB 1832 (SEN. ALVARADO)

TRA is supporting legislation to create a mixed beverage tax rebate program, administered and established within the Texas Music Office for qualifying Texas music venues. The program would help to save these dwindling venues by assisting with costs such as paying/booking live music acts, marketing and promotion, along with venue and equipment upkeep. Read More.