Law:Title 3. Licenses And Permits. Subtitle A. Permits from Chapter 37. Nonresident Seller's Permit (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Permits

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Chapter 37. Nonresident Seller's Permit

Section 37.01.  Authorized Activities.

(a) The holder of a nonresident seller's permit may:

(1) solicit and take orders for liquor from permittees authorized to import liquor into this state; and

(2)  ship liquor into this state, or cause it to be shipped into this state, in consummation of sales made to permittees authorized to import liquor into the state.

(b)  The holder of a nonresident seller's permit who owns a winery or brewery outside of the state may conduct samplings of the kinds of alcoholic beverages the permit holder is authorized to produce, including tastings, at a retailer's premises.  An employee of the winery or brewery may open, touch, or pour the alcoholic beverages, make a presentation, or answer questions at a sampling event.

(c)  Any alcoholic beverages used in a sampling event under this section must be purchased from the retailer on whose premises the sampling event is held.  This section does not authorize the holder of a nonresident seller's permit or manufacturer's agent's permit to withdraw or purchase alcoholic beverages from the holder of a wholesaler's permit or provide alcoholic beverages for a sampling event on a retailer's premises that is not purchased from the retailer.  The amount of alcoholic beverages purchased from the retailer may not exceed the amount of alcoholic beverages used in the sampling event.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 445, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 192, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1073, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  37.02.  Fee.

The annual state fee for a nonresident seller's permit is $150.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 445, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1348, ch. 278, Sec. 28, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.



Section  37.03.  Permit Required.

A nonresident seller's permit is required of any distillery, winery, importer, broker, or person who sells liquor to permittees authorized to import liquor into this state, regardless of whether the sale is consummated inside or outside the state.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 445, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.04.  Interest In Brewer's Permit.

A person who holds a nonresident seller's permit may have an interest in the business, assets, corporate stock, or permit of a person who holds a brewer's permit.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 445, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.05.  Appointment Of Agent For Service Of Notice.

(a) No person may be issued a nonresident seller's permit until he shows that he has filed a certificate with the secretary of state certifying that he has appointed a resident of this state as his agent for the purposes of this section. The certificate shall contain the name, street address, and business of the agent.

(b)  A notice of a hearing for the refusal, cancellation, or suspension of a permit may be served on any of the following:

(1)  the agent designated in the certificate on file with the secretary of state;

(2)  any person authorized to sell liquor in this state as agent of the permittee; or

(3)  the permittee or, if the permittee is a corporation, any officer of the corporation.

(c)  If a permittee fails to maintain a designated agent, notice of a hearing may be served on the secretary of state. In that case, the secretary of state shall forward the notice to the permittee by registered mail, return receipt requested, and the receipt shall be prima facie evidence of service on the permittee.

(d)  Provisions of this code generally applicable to hearings for the refusal, cancellation, or suspension of a permit also to apply to proceedings relating to the refusal, cancellation, or suspension of a nonresident seller's permit.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 445, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.06.  Designation Of Agents.

Every holder of a nonresident seller's permit shall designate, in the manner required by the commission and on forms prescribed by it, those persons authorized as agents to represent the permittee in this state. The failure to do so is a violation of this code.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 446, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.07.  Prohibited Activities.

No holder of a nonresident seller's permit, nor any officer, director, agent, or employee of the holder, nor any affiliate of the holder, regardless of whether the affiliation is corporate or by management, direction, or control, may do any of the following:

(1)  hold or have an interest in the permit, business, assets, or corporate stock of a person authorized to import liquor into this state for the purpose of resale unless the interest was acquired on or before January 1, 1941, or unless the permittee is a Texas corporation holding a manufacturer's license and a brewer's permit issued before April 1, 1971;

(2)  fail to make or file a report with the commission as required by a rule of the commission;

(3)  sell liquor for resale inside this state that fails to meet the standards of quality, purity, and identity prescribed by the commission;

(4)  advertise any liquor contrary to the laws of this state or to the rules of the commission, or sell liquor for resale in this state in violation of advertising or labeling rules of the commission;

(5)  sell liquor for resale inside this state or cause it to be brought into the state in a size of container prohibited by this code or by rule of the commission;

(6)  solicit or take orders for liquor from a person not authorized to import liquor into this state for the purpose of resale;

(7)  induce, persuade, or influence, or attempt to induce, persuade, or influence, a person to violate this code or a rule of the commission, or conspire with a person to violate this code or a rule of the commission; or

(8)  exercise a privilege granted by a nonresident seller's permit while an order or suspension against the permit is in effect.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 446, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.08.  Cancellation Or Suspension: Notice To Importers.

When a nonresident seller's permit is cancelled or suspended, the commission shall immediately notify in writing all permittees authorized to import liquor into the state.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 447, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.09.  Restriction On Importation.

No person who holds a permit authorizing the importation of liquor, nor his agent or employee, may purchase or order liquor for importation from any person other than a nonresident seller's permittee. An importer may not purchase or order liquor from a nonresident seller's permittee whose permit is under suspension after the importer has received notice of the suspension.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 447, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.10.  Restriction As To Source Of Supply.

(a) No holder of a nonresident seller's permit may solicit, accept, or fill an order for distilled spirits or wine from a holder of any type of wholesaler's permit unless the nonresident seller is the primary American source of supply for the brand of distilled spirits or wine that is ordered.

(b)  In this section, "primary American source of supply" means the distiller, the producer, the owner of the commodity at the time it becomes a marketable product, the bottler, or the exclusive agent of any of those. To be the "primary American source of supply" the nonresident seller must be the first source, that is, the manufacturer or the source closest to the manufacturer, in the channel of commerce from whom the product can be secured by American wholesalers.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 447, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.12.  Inspection Of Records, Documents, Etc.

(a) In this section, "officer" means a representative of the commission, the attorney general, or an assistant or representative of the attorney general.

(b)  If an officer wishes to examine the books, accounts, records, minutes, letters, memoranda, documents, checks, telegrams, constitution and bylaws, or other records of a nonresident seller's permittee, he shall make a written request to the permittee or his duly authorized manager or representative or, if the permittee is a corporation, to any officer of the corporation. An officer may examine the records as often as he considers necessary.

(c)  When a request for an examination is made, the person to whom it is directed shall immediately allow the officer to conduct the examination, and the person shall answer under oath any question asked by the officer relating to the records.

(d)  The officer may investigate the organization, conduct, and management of any nonresident seller's permittee and may make copies of any records which in the officer's judgment may show or tend to show that the permittee has violated state law or the terms of his permit.

(e)  An officer may not make public any information obtained under this section except to a law enforcement officer of this state or in connection with an administrative or judicial proceeding in which the state or commission is a party concerning the cancellation or suspension of a nonresident seller's permit, the collection of taxes due under state law, or the violation of state law.

(f)  The commission shall cancel or suspend a nonresident seller's permit in accordance with this code if a permittee or his authorized representative fails or refuses to permit an examination authorized by this section or to permit the making of copies of any document as provided by this section, without regard to whether the document is inside or outside the state, or if the permittee or his authorized representative fails or refuses to answer a question of an officer incident to an examination or investigation in progress.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 448, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.13.  Solicitation From Holder Of Mixed Beverage Or Private Club Permit.

A holder of a nonresident seller's permit may not solicit business directly or indirectly from a holder of a mixed beverage permit or a private club registration permit unless he is accompanied by the holder of a wholesaler's permit or the wholesaler's agent.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 448, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  37.14.  Monthly Reports.

The commission shall promulgate rules requiring holders of nonresident seller's permits to file monthly reports of liquor sold to persons within this state. The reports shall be supported by copies of invoices. The commission shall prescribe and furnish forms for this purpose.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 448, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.


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