Some states — New York, California, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois — receive only bad news. Thus, Texas is forced to make up for it.
Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1024 into law, which allows beer, wine, and mixed drinks to be included in pickup and delivery food orders.
Alcohol to-go is now LAW in Texas!
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 12, 2021
The source of revenue was made available last year during the pandemic to help businesses survive. And like any good temporary idea not thought of in New York — it was made to last.
“Bars and restaurants in Texas have leaned on cocktails to-go throughout the pandemic as a lifeline to keep their doors open and generate revenue,” said Kristi Brown, senior director of state government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “Now, the legislature has taken action to make this critical measure permanent and provide long-term support for Texas businesses. We thank Governor Abbott for being a vocal supporter of cocktails to-go and encourage him to sign this bill as soon as possible and make the business- and consumer-friendly measure permanent in Texas.”
The Texas House of Representatives approved the legislation in March by a vote of 144-1. In April, the Texas Senate approved it by a vote of 30-1. That’s what you call agreement.
According to a poll from Cygnal, 65 percent of Texans support restaurants selling alcohol to-go.
Seems like a happy place.
Now, what to wear while getting alcohol to go…