WBDT News Bulletins
TABC PROPOSAL FOR ON-LINE RENEWAL OF AGENT’S PERMITS/LICENSES
Posted on: Friday, April 26, 2002 at 14:56:25 (CDT)
On the agenda for today’s meeting of the 3-member Alcoholic Beverage Commission, you might have noticed an item relating to the “Texas Online” service for renewal of licenses and permits. This bulletin is to advise you that the Commission removed the item from their agenda and therefore took no action on it.
The TABC staff, under some pressure to bring some type of automation to the license renewal process, was about to recommend that TABC contract with a state agency known as the Texas Online Authority to process renewals of Agent’s Beer Licenses, Agent’s Permits, and Manufacturer’s Agent’s Permits. As you know, most of your employees hold BOTH the Agent’s Permits and Agent’s Beer Licenses.
What was difficult to comprehend about what the TABC was about to do was this: Apparently, bureaucrats in the Texas Online Authority (actually part of a state agency known as the Department of Information Resources) had given the opinion that to recover the costs of providing the Internet-based on-line renewal service, every holder of all three classes of these agent’s permits/licenses would have to pay about $5 dollars in extra fees whether they renewed on-line OR NOT. Since your employees must generally hold BOTH an Agent’s Permit and an Agent’s Beer License, each one of them would have been subjected to an additional $10 fee.
Attached is the letter I wrote and sent to the Commissioners and the TABC staff last Friday. Also attached is a letter which Senator Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) delivered to Administrator Rolando Garza this morning. THE RESULT: TABC tabled the discussion on this item for at least another month.
There is not really a short explanation of this matter which you could give to your employees, but since WBDT believes their license/permit fees are already too high, it seems the first order of business would be to keep them from going any higher. WBDT accomplished this, at least for now.
YOUR EMPLOYEES MIGHT APPRECIATE KNOWING THAT YOUR ASSOCIATION IN AUSTIN WORKED TO KILL A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HAVE COST THEM AN ADDITIONAL TEN DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR POCKET. ANOTHER SUBJECT: LAST WEEK, WE THANKED LONGVIEW COORS DISTRIBUTOR LES KROEGER FOR ADVISING US ABOUT THE HORRIBLE AD THAT RAN IN TIME AND PARADE MAGAZINES….WE FORGOT TO ALSO THANK LONGVIEW A-B DISTRIBUTOR MIKE MARTIN WHO ALSO ADVISED ABOUT THE ADS….IF THESE TWO DISTRIBUTORS HAD NOT TOLD US ABOUT THE ADS, WE MIGHT HAVE WOUND UP BEING A ‘DAY LATE’ ON OUR REACTION…AND, WE MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD THE VIRTUALLY IMMEDIATE RESULTS THAT WE HAD IN KILLING THE ADS. THANKS AGAIN, MIKE AND LES….