In a sign that perhaps the staff shake-up at the TABC over the summer is having an effect, the state’s liquor regulatory agency recently shifted toward an emphasis on warnings, rather than citations.
Offenses that do not involve public safety matters will now most likely result in just a warning. The switch in enforcement policy occurred on September 15, but shouldn’t have had a noticeable impact on patrons.
The TABC stated that the change was designed as an attempt to increase voluntary compliance by establishments that serve alcohol. Most violations are due to oversight, and the agency wanted to acknowledge that lack of deliberate infringement by minimizing costs to business owners, legal and otherwise. Repeat violations will still lead to fines and the possible loss of a liquor license.
Still, it’s a sign of a new, pragmatic attitude at the TABC, which should make all of us in the industry feel hopeful!
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