AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) — A bill to make cocktails to-go permanent has passed in the Texas House.
By a vote of 144 to 1 lawmakers passed HB 1024 on March 25. The legislation is meant to help support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 and increase convenience for consumers. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.READ MORE: State Fair Taking Extra Measures To Keep Guests Safe
“Texas businesses have been hit particularly hard and making cocktails to-go permanent will provide certainty and stability for the state’s restaurants, bars and distilleries,” said Kristi Brown, with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.READ MORE: Officials: Man Suspected Of Making Threats Against Texas Lawmakers Arrested
Restaurants and bars in Texas have been able to sell cocktails to-go on orders for pickup and delivery since June 2020 under an executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott.MORE NEWS: State Fair Offers Hundreds Of Free Acts, Shows And Exhibits
HB 1024 requires cocktails to-go be sold in sealed, tamper-proof containers with a food purchase.