News: Legal & Regulatory

  • Oct 9
    2019

    There's a new law that everyone's talking about that the Texas Restaurant Association helped pass earlier this year (SB 1450). Texas restaurants with mixed beverage permits now have the opportunity to deliver alcohol with food. Leveling the alcohol...

  • Oct 8
    2019

    Association Praises DOL on Tip Pooling Rule As you may have heard, the Department of Labor recently issued a final proposed rule regarding tip pooling. The proposed rule announced is a victory for the National Restaurant Association, the Restaurant...

  • Sep 16
    2019

    Out of the hundreds of bills TRA tracked this past legislative session, there were a handful of legislative priorities. Four of the main bills on which TRA worked to secure passage, including alcohol delivery, have been signed into law by the...

  • Sep 5
    2019

    Thanks to a new law that the Texas Restaurant Association helped pass earlier this year (SB 1450), Texas restaurants with mixed beverage permits will now have the opportunity to deliver alcohol with food. Leveling the alcohol delivery playing field...

  • Aug 28
    2019

    Out of the hundreds of bills TRA closely tracked, there were a handful of key legislative priorities. Four of the five main bills on which TRA worked to secure passage have been signed into law by the Governor, and two of these wins, alcohol...

  • Jul 8
    2019

    Paid sick leave city ordinances and paid sick leave preemption on the state level have been front and center in the news. Three cities, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas have passed local paid sick leave ordinances within the last year, with the San...

  • May 31
    2019
    Texas Capitol Dome

    That’s a Wrap: Texas’ 86th Legislative Session by Kenneth Besserman & Rebecca Robinson In what is already been characterized as one of the most cordial sessions in Texas legislative history, there was no name-calling, partisan shouting matches,...

  • May 29
    2019

    At the close of 86th Texas Legislative Session on Memorial Day, more than 7,300 bills were filed, but less than a quarter of those (realistically more like 10-15%) will ultimately receive the Governor’s signature. TRA had a great session, with...

  • May 24
    2019

    Labor Law Preemption Update The 86th Legislative Session ends on Monday, May 27. While there were some important issues debated and legislated - from school finance to property tax reform to Hurricane Harvey relief, one of the most important...

  • May 8
    2019

    With less than three weeks until the end of the Texas Legislative Session, we have updates on TRA's priority legislation and more! Alcohol delivery, BBQ, oyster farming, and employment regulations - check out our latest two-minute TRA News Now and...

  • Apr 17
    2019

    As the 86th Legislative Session lunges towards the May 27 deadline, TRA's legislative priorities are making headway. Our latest TRA News Now includes are mid-April updates. A current list may also be found on our advocacy page. Our top five...

  • Apr 2
    2019
    Green wine bottle with corks

    H.B. 3897 would allow a consumer to bring their own wine into a restaurant that has a mixed beverage permit. TRA has successfully opposed this concept in the past, most recently in 2011. At that time, it was the trigger issue that both engaged and...

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