TABC dismisses alcohol protests; permit process resumes

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - TABC officials have dissmissed the alcohol protests that have delayed permits in Lubbock.

In a press release issued this afternoon, TABC says that any protests filed in Texas based solely on incorrect wet/dry certification will be dismissed.

The TABC has received several protests regarding applications for new licenses and permits for alcohol in Lubbock County.

TABC Administrator Alan Steen has determined that using the protest process to determine local wet/dry status is beyond the agency's authority.

The basis for these protests is the allegation that the applications were incorrectly certified as being wet for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

By policy and law, before TABC processes a license or permit application, the city and county must certify the application as being at a location that is wet for that type of permit. TABC's role is not to determine whether a location is wet or dry.

The agency's protest policy will be revised to reflect this decision so that future protests may be dismissed in a timely manner.

TABC expects to begin issuing licenses and permits within days for authorized applicants and locations.

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