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Texas Laws | Alcoholic Beverage Code

(c) In determining the appropriate sanction for a violation under the schedule, the commission or administrator shall consider: (312)

(1) the type of license or permit held by the person who committed the violation; (313)

(2) the type of violation; (314)

(3) any aggravating or ameliorating circumstances concerning the violation; and (315)

(4) the license or permit holder's previous violations of this code. (316)

(d) The schedule must: (317)

(1) allow deviations from the schedule for clearly established mitigating circumstances, including circumstances listed in Section 11.64(c), or aggravating circumstances; and (318)

(2) include a list of the most common violations by members of the manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry and the sanctions assessed for those violations. (319)

(e) The commission shall develop policies to guide commission staff in determining the circumstances when it is appropriate to deviate from the schedule of sanctions. The policies must identify the circumstances when approval is required in order to deviate from the schedule. (320)

(f) The commission shall make the schedule of sanctions available to the public, including by posting the schedule on the commission's Internet website. (321)

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 68 (S.B. 904), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2007. (322)


(a) If the federal government provides a method of collecting liquor taxes at the source, the commission may enter contracts and comply with regulations, even to the extent of abrogating provisions of this code which are inconsistent with federal law or regulations, in order to receive the portion of the taxes allocated to the state. The taxes received shall be distributed as provided in this code. (324)

(b) The commission may acquire by gift, grant, or purchase, port of entry or other facilities for the administration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, including the collection of taxes and confiscation of unlawful containers and illicit beverages. The commission may enter into agreements with agencies of the United States or other persons, if in the judgment of the commission, it will benefit the state to place facilities under its control through lease or sale from the United States or other persons. The commission may expend funds for the purpose of rehabilitating, renewing, restoring, extending, enlarging, improving, or performing routine maintenance on facilities under its control. (325)

(c) For the purpose of complying with Chapter 455, Acts of the 59th Legislature, Regular Session, 1965, as amended (Article 678f, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), the commission is considered to be a public authority and unless the commission requests facilities to be obtained in accordance with Chapter 258, Acts of the 48th Legislature, Regular Session, 1943, as amended (Article 666b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), the provisions of that Act do not apply to the acquisition of facilities under this Act. (326)

(d) The commission is authorized to receive in the form of a gift, grant, or donation, any funds consistent with the purposes and goals of the commission and the designation of the grantor. However, no gift, grant, or donation may be offered or accepted from any party to any contested case before the agency, or from any party licensed or regulated by the commission. (327)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 400, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 612, ch. 287, Sec. 1, eff. May 24, 1979; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1060, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995. (328)

Sec. 5.371. PROCEEDS FROM CONTRABAND. (329)(Text)

Property, money, and the proceeds from forfeited contraband provided to the commission by a federal agency or under state or federal law shall be deposited in the commission's account in the state treasury and may be appropriated only to the commission for law enforcement purposes. Funds under this section that are not expended at the close of a fiscal year shall be reappropriated for the same purpose the following fiscal year. (330)

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 9, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. (331)


(a) The commission shall require by rule that any alcoholic beverage sold in this state conform in all respects to its advertised quality. (333)

(b) The commission shall promulgate and enforce rules governing the labeling and advertising of all alcoholic beverages sold in the state, and shall adopt and enforce a standard of quality, purity, and identity of all alcoholic beverages. The commission shall promulgate and enforce necessary rules to safeguard the public health and to insure sanitary conditions in the manufacturing, refining, blending, mixing, purifying, bottling, rebottling, and sale of alcoholic beverages. (334)

(c) The commission may test the contents of any alcoholic beverage manufactured or sold in the state to protect the public health and safety and to ensure that the product: (335)

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