News: Legal & Regulatory

  • May 31
    2019
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    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
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    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...

  • Mar 21
    2019

    Earlier this month (March, 2019), the Department of Labor released its long-awaited rewrite of the highly controversial overtime rule, and this time, it’s taken a more commonsense approach. The previously proposed version of the overtime rule more...

  • Mar 8
    2019

    Texas cities have begun to pass (or trying to pass) local ordinances regulating all kinds of private employment practices, such as hiring, scheduling and benefits that are usually handled at the state and federal levels, or left to the employer. ...

  • Feb 20
    2019

    Many people enjoy beer with barbeque, a Bordeaux with their steak or margaritas with fajitas. However, when ordering restaurant delivery - alcohol has been missing from that experience. Currently, Texas law permits beer and wine to be carried off...

  • Feb 6
    2019
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    In 2006, the Texas Legislature established the 4th Monday in August as a state-wide, uniform start date for public schools. However, in 2015, H.B. 1842 became law, which allowed school districts to exempt themselves from 67 state requirements, one...

  • Jan 23
    2019

    Most everyone has heard of TRA’s Political Action Committee which combines member contributions to help impact various elections, supporting candidates who merit the support of our industry. But did you know that TRA also has a ‘war chest’ called...

  • Dec 12
    2018

    TRA (and Texas restaurants) had some big wins lately at both the state and national levels with Paid Sick Leave and the 80/20 Rule.  The Paid Sick Leave ordinance was the first of its kind in Texas. After passing earlier this year, a number of...

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