BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A state bill could change how Texans buy beer and wine as lawmakers are moving to expand alcohol sales on sundays and at breweries. It’s a move that one local state representative is calling freedom.
Sundays may be getting better for those who enjoy adult beverages in the morning. As the Texas House of Representatives voted to extend beer and wine sales on that day, which will allow beer and wine sales to begin at 10:00 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays in licensed retailers such as grocery and convenience stores like Dario’s in Brownsville.
Dario Villegas, store owner, “In a way it might increase sales but I don’t think it’s going to help the community at all. I think it’s best just to keep it at 12 o’clock because everybody’s already used to it. We all know how to do that and just keep it the way it is there’s no real reason to change anything it’s not really going to benefit anybody unless they want more drunks on the street.”
This expansion of alcohol sales was part of amendments to a broader bill dealing with the operations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which must pass this legislative session in order to avoid shutting down the agency.
“They got good regulations in the book if they could just enforce what they already have I think that’s fine.” says Villegas.
While the amendments have been celebrated by lawmakers and business owners, the owner of Charlie’s Meat Market in Brownsville believes it won’t make that much of a difference.
Carlos Zepeda, Charlie’s Meat Market owner, “There’s not a lot of people who drink alcohol in the morning so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”
For now, morning drinkers will have to wait until noon to get their beer. The bill still needs final approval by the Texas House of Representatives before it can head to the senate for consideration, who could remove the amendments.