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Texas Laws | Alcoholic Beverage Code

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 402, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (383)

Sec. 5.46. SECURITY FOR COSTS. (384)(Text)

No security for costs may be required of a representative of the commission in a matter in which the representative protests the issuance of a license or permit in a hearing conducted by the county judge. (385)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 402, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (386)

Sec. 5.47. RECORDS OF VIOLATIONS. (387)(Text)

Records of all violations of this code by permittees and licensees, records introduced and made public at hearings, and decisions resulting from the hearings relating to the violations shall be kept on file at the office of the commission in the city of Austin. The records are open to the public. (388)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 402, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (389)

Sec. 5.48. PRIVATE RECORDS. (390)(Text)

(a) "Private records," as used in this section, means all records of a permittee, licensee, or other person other than the name, proposed location, and type of permit or license sought in an application for an original or renewal permit or license, or in a periodic report relating to the importation, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages required by the commission to be regularly filed by a permittee or licensee. (391)

(b) The private records of a permittee, licensee, or other person that are required or obtained by the commission or its agents, in connection with an investigation or otherwise, are privileged unless introduced in evidence in a hearing before the commission or before a court in this state or the United States. (392)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 402, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (393)


The commission from time to time may have as many copies of this code and any commission rule governing the collection or refund of the gross receipts tax printed in pamphlet form for distribution as it finds necessary. (395)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 402, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5225, ch. 956, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 29, 1983. (396)


(a) The commission by rule may establish reasonable fees for tasks and services performed by the commission in carrying out the provisions of this code, including fees incidental to the issuance of licenses and permits under Title 3 of this code. (398)

(b) The commission may not increase or decrease a fee set by this code, but if a statute is enacted creating a certificate, permit, or license and there is no fee established, the commission by rule may set a fee. The commission by rule shall assess surcharges on all applicants for an original or renewal certificate, permit, or license issued by the commission in addition to any fee set by this code and collect the surcharges at the time of application. In assessing a surcharge, the commission may not overly penalize any segment of the alcoholic beverage industry or impose an undue hardship on small businesses. (399)

(c) Insofar as they relate to the levying and collection of a local fee, Sections 11.38 and 61.36 of this code do not apply to fees set by rule of the commission. (400)

(d) Revenues and surcharges from fees collected by the commission under this section shall be deposited in the general revenue fund. (401)

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 495, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1001, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 28, 1995; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 314, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003. (402)

Amended by: (403)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 986 (S.B. 1217), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007. (404)

Sec. 5.51. BOOKKEEPING RECORDS. (405)(Text)

A permittee who holds a permit issued under Chapters 28 through 33 of this code may elect to keep all records required under this code on a machine bookkeeping system. A permittee who desires to use such a system must submit a written application for commission approval of the system before implementing the system. The commission may authorize a permittee to centralize the permittee's records. (406)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 36, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 18, 1989. (407)


The commission shall prepare and maintain a written plan that describes how a person who does not speak English or who has a physical, mental, or developmental disability may be provided reasonable access to the commission's programs. (409)

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. (410)


(a) The commission shall adopt rules that clearly define the agency's complaint process from the time the complaint is received until it is resolved. (412)

(b) The commission shall make information describing its procedures for complaint investigation and resolution available to the public and appropriate state agencies, including by posting the information on the commission's Internet website. (413)

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