Package alcohol licenses to be issued Wednesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/18/09

Package alcohol licenses to be issued Wednesday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has learned that state regulators hope to issue a large number of package alcohol licenses on September 23rd and 24th. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) says those are target dates and possibly subject to change.

Voters approved expanded alcohol sales in Lubbock County in a May 9th election. The issuance of licenses was delayed first by a lawsuit between certain retailers and the city of Lubbock.  That lawsuit was settled and a temporary restraining order lifted in August, but at roughly the same time citizen protests were lodged with the TABC.

On September 2nd, TABC announced it would reject blanket protests of all alcohol sales inside city limits which sought to challenge the wet/dry status of the city.

Groups such as the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce have insisted that TABC move more quickly on the issuance of package alcohol permits.

TABC says it is planning a news release as we get closer to September 23rd and 24th.  Stay with NewsChannel 11 and KCBD.com for continuing details.

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