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Abbott signs bill allowing Texans to purchase alcohol to-go

Added 05-13-21 11:23:02am EST - “Alcohol to-go is now legal in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Wednesday allowing Texans to purchase beer and spirits in take-out orders from restaurants.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Abbott signs bill allowing Texans to purchase alcohol to-go”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Alcohol to-go is now legal in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Wednesday allowing Texans to purchase beer and spirits in take-out orders from restaurants.

“Texas leads the way. Alcohol to-go is official law,” he tweeted along with a video of an El Arroyo restaurant employee posting a sign reading, “Texas leads the way with margaritas!”

The law came about after Abbott signed a waiver in March last year to allow alcohol to-go sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver was initially slated to end in May 2020 but was extended indefinitely.

“It turned out that Texas liked [alcohol to go] so much, the Texas Legislature wanted to make that permanent law in the state of Texas,” Abbott said Wednesday while signing the bill.

House Bill 1024, filed by Republican state Rep. Charlie Geren, a restaurant owner in Fort Worth, makes permanent the waiver Abbott issued last year. It allows beer, wine and mixed drinks to be sold for pickup with delivery food orders at restaurants, a measure approved by more than two-thirds of both the House and Senate. The bill went into effect immediately after Abbott signed it.

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