Drink up, Texas

Drink up, Texas

March 20
22:08 2013

Think for a second about all the stereotypes you’ve heard about Texas. Chances are that most of them involve things generally being bigger, oil wells in backyards and horses as a dominant mode of transport. There are fewer laws, wide-open spaces and a fiercely independent spirit.

Unfortunately, this pastiche of lawless wild west freedom hits a brick wall when you look at our state’s regulations concerning alcohol.

We’ve already covered the surprisingly strict guidelines concerning beer brewing and sales in Texas, but this state is also only one of 12 that restricts the sale of liquor on Sundays.

If you wait until noon on this painfully dry final day of the weekend, you can get hard alcohol in a bar one drink at a time, but pop down to your nearest liquor store and you’ll find it locked up tighter than Fort Knox.

How does that make any sense? Thankfully, at least one lawmaker in Houston thinks our frustration is justified. Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson proposed a bill at the beginning of this month in the Texas State Legislature that would allow liquor stores to stay open for all seven glorious days of the week.

Considering that 14 other states have lifted similar Sunday booze bans in the last nine years, it might be time for us to join the party.

In fact, it definitely is. The Texas Legislative Budget Board released a report this year which found that freeing up our state’s beverage codes would add more than $7.5 million to state revenue. It may not sound like much, but every little bit of cash helps Texas grow—after all, we hear that everything’s bigger here.

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