News: Legal & Regulatory

  • Oct 25
    2017

    House Bill 2029 (the BBQ Bill) repeals a burdensome state law requiring restaurants that sell food by weight maintain a certified scale, pay a $35 annual fee to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and display a sticker visible to the consumer...

  • Oct 9
    2017

    Support the Restaurant Industry against the Department of Agriculture’s Rewriting of the BBQ Bill House Bill 2029 (the BBQ Bill), which passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, repeals the Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) requirement that...

  • Sep 21
    2017
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    The Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s office has compiled information for taxpayers affected by the storm, including details on: how to request an extension of filing tax returns; the temporary waiver of state and local hotel tax for disaster...

  • Jul 13
    2017

    The following is an update on menu labeling from the National Restaurant Association. They are moving quickly on multiple fronts to advance our industry's position. Here's the latest: Legal strategy: As many of you know, New York City recently...

  • Jun 23
    2017

    After 140 fast-paced days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session came to an end on May 29. This session the Texas House and Senate focused on the state budget, property tax reform, immigration, sanctuary cities, gender-neutral bathrooms, business...

  • Jun 8
    2017

    This year brought about major changes in the area of employment law. On June 7, Houston attorney and immigration expert Jacob Monty of Monty and Ramirez, LLP, led a webinar for TRA outlining these changes. He included an overview of President Trump’...

  • Jun 7
    2017

    In the latest TRA News Now, we provide you with all the end-of-session updates including summaries of TRA's legislative victories, including:  HB 2101 - which will amend the Alcoholic Beverage Code to increase the alcohol sales threshold from 50% to...

  • May 15
    2017

    In this 2-minute TRA News Now, we give a brief legislative update on four bills - three awaiting consideration in the Senate and one in the House, plus an introduction to TRA's latest preferred partner - Safety Kick, working to make your life easier...

  • May 2
    2017

    The new menu labeling deadline is May 7, 2018, over a year from the original deadline of May 5, 2017.  ***** The Food and Drug Administration is pushing back the deadline in implementing menu labeling regulations. The FDA submitted an interim final...

  • May 1
    2017

    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers will need to be extra vigilant when reviewing Form I-9s, due to a technical glitch, specifically for those downloaded between November 14 – 17, 2016. The error (which has...

  • Apr 26
    2017

    From BBQ, bathrooms and budgets, to drive-by lawsuits – the 85th session of the Texas Legislature is full tilt. Find out which bills are hot and have the greatest impact on your business. We have all the latest updates for you in our two-minute TRA...

  • Apr 10
    2017

    Today, TRA will be testifying on House Bill 2101 - Food and Beverage Certificate Legislation sponsored by Representative John Frullo in the House Licensing Committee. Currently, the Texas Alcohol Code allows a restaurant with a mixed beverage...

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