Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC, formerly the Texas Liquor Control Board) was created in 1935. The TABC has the task of inspecting, supervising and regulating every phase of business related to alcoholic beverages.

In addition to their regulatory roles, TABC agents are fully empowered state police officers with state-wide criminal jurisdiction and may make arrests for any offense. See Cortez v. State, 738 S.W.2d 760 (Tex. App.-Austin, 1987).

In 2006, the Commission led Operation Last Call, in which persons in bars and other alcohol serving establishments were arrested for being intoxicated. Said Captain David Alexander, head of the Operation Last Call Task Force, "Going to a bar is not an opportunity to go get drunk...It's to have a good time, but not to get drunk."

Criticism

TABC agents made national news for arresting customers in local Hotel bars in the Dallas area. After much national criticism the Texas The legislature quickly suspended the program last March pending more review. Many feel that public intoxication laws are unjust as they are largely subjective

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