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  • 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 10
    2019

    On March 27, 2019, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation celebrated restaurant industry stars at the annual Restaurant Industry Awards, in Washington, DC.  The Texas Restaurant Association was proud to have one of its members,...

  • Apr 9
    2019

    More than 30 Texas restaurateurs headed to our nation’s Capitol on March 27 and 28 to broaden legislative horizons and advocate for the industry at the 33rd annual National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference. Texas joined 600 industry...

  • 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 13
    2019

    */ Over the weekend, 12 high school culinary arts and 12 restaurant management team finalists gathered in San Antonio at St. Philip’s College for the final competition of the Texas ProStart Invitational. The Texas teams who came out on top were...

  • 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...

  • Jan 9
    2019

    The 86th Texas Legislature has convened and here at TRA we are rolling up our sleeves and taking to the capitol hallways. Our issues this session are wide and varied - from TABC licensing and alcohol delivery, to school start dates, employment law,...

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