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Cocktails To-Go Could Be Permanent In Texas After Lawmakers Pass HB 1024

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.

"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.

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The manager of Rebelot Bar with takeaway cocktails for customers. (credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

HB 1024 requires cocktails to-go be sold in sealed, tamper-proof containers with a food purchase.

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