Texas House to Vote on Beer Bills Today
Texas Senate has passed them. House must pass for governor to sign.
By Ivy Le,
11:30AM, Fri. May. 17, 2013
After having been voted out of the Texas Senate and out of committee in the House, the five craft beer bills permitting Texas brewpubs to distribute and small-production breweries to offer on-site sales direct to consumers have been scheduled for a full House vote today, Friday, May 17.
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Your note could be short and sweet along these lines:
Texans, historically, have been able to agree on freedom and beer. As constituent in your district _##_, I have been following the craft brewery issues, and I ask that you vote FOR the bills SB 515, 516, 517, 518, and 639. I would drink to your political courage and dedication to the principles of market competition.
If all five bills pass the House with a two-thirds majority and are signed by the governor, they will become effective right away. If they receive a more than half but not quite two-thirds of the votes, the bills would go into effect September 1, 2013.
On Twitter, the hashtag #txlege often gets you some tweets by people physically inside if you're looking for the live play-by-play today.