Gov. Abbott signs bill making alcohol to-go permanent in Texas

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In this Feb. 28, 2020 photo released by Jaime Windon, bottles of alcohol, including Lyon rum, are displayed. (Jaime Windon via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) – Gov. Greg Abbott signed a billed Wednesday morning making alcohol to-go a permanent fixture in Texas.

This was initially permitted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year as a way for local restaurants and the food industry to make money when shutdown orders were enacted. Texas became the 10th state in the country to sign such a bill into law.

Today is a great day for Texas restaurants as well as for their customers.

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Kristi Brown, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United State Senior Director of State Government Relations said the feature was a “much-needed lifeline” for the food industry and prevented closure of many restaurants and bars.

The DSCUS released a poll saying that 65% of Texas supported the bill.

The bill passed the Texas House by a 144-1 vote with the one “nay” being Rep. Matt Shaheen, a Republican from Plano. The Senate then passed it by a 30-1 vote.

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