Additional Penalties for Providing Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor
On Monday, April 27th at 2 pm, the House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures will hear two bills regarding the Provision to Minors Law.
HB 770 amends the current law that imposes a civil penalty on social hosts only when they provide alcohol to someone under 18, so that a civil penalty will now be imposed on any social host that provides alcohol to a minor (anyone under 21).
HB 1844 increases the criminal penalty for social hosts if the minor, as a result of consuming the alcohol, causes serious injury or death to another person. In those cases, rather than a Class A misdemeanor, the social host will be charged with a state jail felony.
The House Committee will consider other bills related to alcohol policy including:
HB 2118 which would allow for alcoholic beverages to be sold from automated dispensing machines at licensed locations to employees of permittees or individuals identified as 21 by the permittee. The machine could serve 2 servings of wine or liquor and 2.5 servings of beer before the customer would have to reactivate their account with the permittee.
HB 2262 will repeal the prohibition on open containers in packaging stores.
HB 2882 amends the Alcoholic Beverage Code regarding the ability of local governments to impose fees on permittees. The bill would require the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to deny or cancel permits for those that fail to pay the local fee, and requires the Commission to establish a procedure for collecting and distributing the fee to the local government.
For more information on these bills, or other bills currently before the Texas Legislature regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs, please contact Grace Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 442-7501.
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