Alcohol permit protest decision hoped for by Monday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/9/09

Alcohol permit protest decision hoped for by Monday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After some delay, Lubbock businesses can apply for permits to sell packaged alcohol, beginning Monday.   But the actual granting of permits could be put on hold again.  

NewsChannel 11 told you earlier that two Lubbock citizens filed protests with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming Lubbock businesses shouldn't be able to sell alcohol since a county election should not trump a city election.   Based upon a previous Texas Attorney General ruling, the protestors believe the city should have a separate election.  

Now, the TABC must decide if the protests are valid.   If they are, a hearing will be held, which could delay permits a few weeks or make it illegal to sell in the city.   Local TABC representatives hope a decision is made by Monday.

Lt. Brian Williams with TABC says, "People can start processing their applications.   If it's going to be protested, we have to let them know at that time that yes, you know, you can have your signatures, you can get everything done, but there is a protest."

It usually takes the TABC around a month to issue permits.

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