Below you'll find a list of the current issues on which the TRA is focused. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Kelsey Streufert, Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy.
THE ISSUES - 86TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE:
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.
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.
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.
SB 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488 - (SEN. CREIGHTON)
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.
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.
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.
Weights and Scales in Restaurants
HB 2029 - Rep. JM Lozano
The BBQ Bill
Many types of restaurants and eating establishments sell food by weight (BBQ, salad bars, yogurt shops, sandwich establishments that sell sandwiches by weight). Restaurants that sell items by weight often times do not have a scale that is visible to the consumer because the scale is located behind a counter, in the kitchen or another place outside of the plain view of the consumer. More info...
ADA Drive-by Lawsuits Reform
SB 827 (Sen. Seliger) – HB 1463 (Rep. Smithee)
The Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Civil Justice League, and other business trade groups are supporting this legislation to protect businesses from bad faith ADA claims. More info...
Food and Beverage Certificate Legislation
House Bill 2101(Rep. Frullo)
TRA is supporting amendments to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Code to address inconsistencies relating to food and beverage certificates and rising alcohol prices. More info...