TABC History and Responsibilities

The rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol production, distribution and consumption can be complex and cumbersome. Further complicating matters is the fact that each state has their own separate and distinct alcohol related legislation. Here is a little more information about the laws and regulating agency that oversees alcohol in the great state of Texas.

TABC History

The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1933. This legislation ended the Prohibition and transferred the responsibility of regulating and monitoring alcohol use and manufacturing to each of states. The Texas Liquor Control Act was established in 1935 and was followed shortly thereafter by the creation of the Texas Liquor Control Board. It wasn’t until 1970 that the agency’s name was changed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or TABC, which is what remains today.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Responsibilities

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has a big job. It oversees regulations for alcoholic beverages that are produced, stored, distributed or sold within the state of Texas. This means they supervise restaurants, bars, storage facilities, manufacturing plants and transportation providers to ensure they possess the proper tabc license and follow all applicable laws. Some of their primary duties include the following: Award, refuse, revoke or cancel permits as needed. Supervise and inspect alcohol manufacturing, transportation, storage and distribution. Assess and collect taxes and any related program fees. Investigate violations. Adopt standards of quality as needed. Pass new rules as needed to ensure the agency can perform its job.

TABC Today

The TABC now regulates nearly 55,000 licensed businesses in Texas. They also over see approximately 100,000 producers and distributors who are located out of state, but conduct business in Texas. The commission collects more than $220 million annually in taxes and another $76 million in fees and fines.