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Chapter 108. Advertising

Subchapter A. General Provisions Relating To Advertising

Section  108.01.  Deceptive, Disparaging, Or Otherwise Unlawful Advertising.

(a) No manufacturer or distributor directly or indirectly, or through a subsidiary, affiliate, agent, employee, officer, director, or firm member, may publish, disseminate, or cause to be published or disseminated by any medium enumerated in Subsection (b) of this section an advertisement of a brewery product that:

(1)  causes or is reasonably calculated to cause deception of the consumer with respect to the product advertised;

(2)  directly or by ambiguity, omission, or inference tends to create a misleading impression;

(3)  is untrue in any particular;

(4)  refers to the alcohol content of the product;

(5)  disparages a competitor's product; or

(6)  is obscene or indecent.

(b)  The media covered by this section include:

(1)  radio broadcasting;

(2)  newspapers, periodicals, and other publications;

(3)  signs and outdoor advertising; and

(4)  any printed or graphic matter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 519, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  108.02.  Prohibited Forms Of Advertising.

No person may advertise an alcoholic beverage or the sale of an alcoholic beverage by the employment or use of a sound vehicle or handbill on a public street, alley, or highway.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 519, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  108.03.  Regulation Of Promotional Activities.

The commission shall adopt rules permitting and regulating the use of business cards, menu cards, stationery, service vehicles and equipment, and delivery vehicles and equipment that bear alcoholic beverage advertising. The commission shall also adopt rules permitting and regulating the use of insignia advertising beer, distilled spirits, or wine by brand name on caps, regalia, or uniforms worn by employees of manufacturers, distributors, distillers, or wineries or by participants in a game, sport, athletic contest, or revue if the participants are sponsored by a manufacturer, distributor, distiller, or winery.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 519, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 84, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  108.04.  Acts Of Promotional Or Courtesy Nature: Administrative Discretion. The Commission

may promulgate rules which shall set definite limitations consistent with the general provisions of this code, relaxing the restrictions of Sections 102.07, 102.14, 102.15, and 108.06, with respect to:

(1)  the sale or gift of novelties advertising the product of a manufacturer or distributor;

(2)  the making of gifts to civic, religious, or charitable organizations;

(3)  the cleaning and maintenance of coil connections for dispensing draught beer;

(4)  the lending of equipment for special occasions; and

(5)  acts of a purely courtesy nature.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 519, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 130, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section 108.041.  Carbon Dioxide Filters Provided To Retailers.

(a) A manufacturer or distributor of beer may provide carbon dioxide filters to beer retailers for draught systems using carbon dioxide or a carbon dioxide and nitrogen blend, commonly referred to as "beer gas."

(b)  The cost of providing, maintaining, and replacing the carbon dioxide filters shall be borne by the manufacturer.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 237, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  108.05.  Allowance For Advertisement Or Distribution.

No manufacturer or distributor, directly or indirectly, or through a subsidiary, affiliate, agent, employee, officer, director, or firm member, may pay or make an allowance to a retail dealer for an advertising or distribution service.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 520, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  108.06.  Prizes And Premiums.

No manufacturer or distributor, directly or indirectly, or through a subsidiary, affiliate, agent, employee, officer, director, or firm member, may offer a prize, premium, gift, or other inducement to a dealer in or consumer of brewery products.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 520, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section 108.061.  Sweepstakes Promotions Authorized.

Notwithstanding the prohibition against prizes given to a consumer in Section 108.06 and subject to the rules of the commission, a manufacturer or nonresident manufacturer may offer a prize to a consumer if the offer is a part of a promotional sweepstakes activity.  A purchase or entry fee may not be required of any person to enter in a sweepstakes authorized under this section.  A person affiliated with the alcoholic beverage industry may not receive a prize from a sweepstakes promotion.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 85, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 236, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  108.07.  Advertising Of Mixed Beverage Establishments.

The provisions of this code applicable to outdoor advertising and to advertising in or on the premises do not apply to establishments for which a mixed beverage permit has been issued. The commission or administrator shall promulgate reasonable rules relating to that type of advertising, and violation of any of those rules is a violation of this code.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 520, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  108.08.  Advertising In Certain Economic Development Facilities.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or any rule adopted under the authority of this code, the provisions of this code relating to the regulation of or limitations on outdoor advertising signage, advertising revenue, or advertising signage in or on a licensed premises do not apply to an entity which owns a professional sports franchise which plays a majority of its home games in a municipally owned or leased regional economic development facility that is in a station or terminal complex of a rapid transit authority and to which Subchapter E, Chapter 451, Transportation Code, applies or to such a facility.

(b)  A part of the cost of advertising revenue paid by a manufacturer to an entity under this section may not be charged to or paid, directly or indirectly, by the holder of a wholesaler's permit, general class B wholesaler's permit, local class B wholesaler's permit, local distributor's permit, general distributor's license, or local distributor's license, except through the price paid by that holder for products purchased from the holders' supplier.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 86, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 30.175, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section   108.09.  Certain Advertising By Winery.

(a) Notwithstanding Section 102.07 or any other provision of this code, a winery may include information in the winery's advertising that informs the public of where the winery's products may be purchased.

(b)  A winery may not give compensation to or receive compensation from a permitted member of the wholesale or retail tier for advertising described by Subsection (a).

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878, Sec. 6, eff. June 17, 2005.



Subchapter B. Outdoor Advertising

Section  108.51.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Outdoor advertising" means any sign bearing a word, mark, description, or other device that is used to advertise an alcoholic beverage or the business of a person who manufactures, sells, or distributes an alcoholic beverage if the sign is displayed outside the walls or enclosure of a building or structure where a license or permit is issued or if it is displayed inside a building but within five feet of an exterior wall facing a street or highway so that it is visible by a person of ordinary vision from outside the building. "Outdoor advertising" does not include advertising appearing on radio or television, in a public vehicular conveyance for hire, on a race car while participating at a professional racing event or at a permanent motorized racetrack facility, on a boat participating in a racing event or a boat show, on an aircraft, on a bicycle or on the clothing of a member of a bicycle team participating in an organized bicycle race, or in a newspaper, magazine, or other literary publication published periodically. For the purpose of this definition the word "sign," with respect to a retailer, does not include an identifying label affixed to a container as authorized by law or to a card or certificate of membership in an association or organization if the card or certificate is not larger than 80 square inches.

(2)  "Billboard" means a structure directly attached to the land, a house, or a building having one or more spaces used to display a sign or advertisement of an alcoholic beverage or a person engaged in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, whether or not the structure is artificially lighted. "Billboard" does not include a bench or a wall or other part of a structure used as a building, fence, screen, front, or barrier.

(3)  "Electric sign" means a structure or device other than an illuminated billboard by which artificial light produced by electricity is used to advertise the alcoholic beverage business by a person who manufactures, sells, or distributes alcoholic beverages or to advertise an alcoholic beverage.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 520, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 500, ch. 231, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 27, 1979; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 51, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1985; Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. June 5, 1987; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, Sec. 87, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1310, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 1997.



Section  108.52.  Permissible Outdoor Advertising.

(a) No outdoor advertising is permitted in this state except that which is authorized by this section or under rules of the commission or administrator promulgated pursuant to Section 108.03 of this code.

(b)  Billboards and electric signs are permitted if they are not located in a manner contrary to this code.

(c)  Retail licensees and permittees may erect or maintain one sign at each place of business which may read as follows:

(1)  if a beer retailer, the sign may read "Beer";

(2)  if an off-premises beer retailer, the sign may read "Beer" or "Beer to Go";

(3)  if a wine and beer retailer, the sign may read "Beer," "Beer and Wine," or "Beer, Wine and Ale";

(4)  if a wine and beer off-premises retailer, the sign may read "Beer," "Beer to Go," "Beer and Wine," "Beer and Wine to Go," "Beer, Wine and Ale," or "Beer, Wine and Ale to Go";

(5)  if a package store permittee, the sign may read "Package Store," "Liquors," or "Wines and Liquors," and if a retail dealer's off-premise license is also held, the sign may read "Package Store," "Wines, Liquors and Beer," or "Wine, Liquors and Beer to Go"; or

(6)  if a wine only package store permittee, the sign may read "Wine" or "Wines," and if a retail dealer's off-premise license is also held, the sign may read "Wines and Beer," "Wine and Beer," or "Wine and Beer to Go."

(d)  A sign erected under Subsection (c) of this section may be placed inside or outside the place of business so as to be visible to the general public. None of the letters on a sign may be more than 12 inches in height, and no sign may contain any wording, insignia, or device representative of the brand or name of an alcoholic beverage. The commission or administrator may permit a licensee or permittee to erect or maintain one sign at each entrance or side of a building occupied by him if it faces more than one street or highway.

(e)  Billboards, electric signs, or other signs to designate the firm name or business of a permittee or licensee authorized to manufacture, rectify, bottle, or wholesale alcoholic beverages may be displayed at the licensee's or permittee's place of business.

(f)  A display composed of alcoholic beverages or printed or lithographed material advertising alcoholic beverages located inside the licensed premises is permitted if the alcoholic beverages or advertising material is not placed within six inches of a window or opening facing a street, alley, or highway. A card or certificate of membership in an association or organization is not "advertising material" for the purpose of this subsection if it is not larger than 80 square inches.

(g)  Outdoor advertising of an alcoholic beverage or of the business of any person engaged in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of an alcoholic beverage is permitted to be placed on or affixed to a bench unless:

(1)  the advertising is prohibited by an ordinance of an incorporated city or town; or

(2)  the advertising is in an area or zone where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law.

(h)  In addition to the signs authorized by this section, any retail licensee or permittee whose trade name or corporate name includes one or more of the words or phrases regulated by Subsection (c) of this section may also have one sign designating the trade name or corporate name of the retail licensee's or permittee's business. The commission or administrator may permit a retail licensee or permittee to erect and maintain one sign at each entrance or side of a building occupied by the retail licensee or permittee if the building faces more than one street or highway. Signs erected pursuant to this subsection shall comply with all local regulations concerning the erection of signs.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 521, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 501, ch. 231, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 27, 1979; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  108.53.  Billboards And Electric Signs: When Permit Is Required.

(a) No person may erect a billboard or electric sign advertising an alcoholic beverage within 200 feet of a retail establishment authorized to sell that beverage unless he has first obtained a permit for that purpose from the commission. No permit is required for a billboard or electric sign that is not located within 200 feet of a retail establishment authorized to sell the advertised alcoholic beverage.

(b)  The commission or administrator shall provide permit application forms, which may contain any information the commission or administrator deems necessary. The application shall contain a statement that the erection or maintenance of the billboard or electric sign will not have the effect of advertising or directing patronage to a particular retail establishment authorized to sell alcoholic beverages. Application shall be made under oath, addressed to the commission or administrator.

(c)  The commission or administrator shall issue a permit if either of them finds that all statements in the application are true and the erection or maintenance of the billboard or electric sign will not be contrary to this code or to a rule of the commission. Otherwise, the commission or administrator shall refuse to issue a permit.

(d)  Notwithstanding the restrictions imposed by this section, but consistent with other provisions of this code, the commission shall promulgate rules allowing for signs advertising alcoholic beverages at charitable or civic events such as fairs, rodeos, or other events of a temporary nature. This subsection does not authorize, nor shall any rule of the commission authorize, a retailer of alcoholic beverages to derive, directly or indirectly, any money or consideration of any kind as a result of alcoholic beverage advertising, and the commission's rules shall reflect the intent that the charity or civic endeavor receive the proceeds, if any, from such advertising signs.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 521, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.



Section  108.54.  Nonconforming Outdoor Advertising: Seizure, Removal.

(a) No person may erect, maintain, or display any outdoor advertising, billboard, or electric sign which does not conform in all respects to the provisions of this code. A billboard or electric sign that does not conform is illegal equipment which is subject to seizure and forfeiture as provided in this code.

(b)  The owner of any outdoor advertising that does not conform to the provisions of this code is responsible for removing it from public view immediately, and the failure to do so is a violation of this code.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 522, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.



Section  108.55.  Local Regulation Of Billboards, Electric Signs.

No person may erect or maintain a billboard, electric sign, or any outdoor advertising in violation of an ordinance of an incorporated city or town.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 522, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5415, ch. 1005, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.



Section  108.56.  Dry Areas.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), no person may erect or maintain a billboard or electric sign in an area or zone where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law.

(b)  A person may erect or maintain a billboard in an area or zone where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law if:

(1)  the premises that the billboard advertises is located in a county with a population of 250,000 or less; and

(2)  the billboard is within 1,500 feet of the premises that the billboard advertises; and

(3)  a United States highway that merges into and becomes an interstate highway separates the premises and the billboard; or

(4)  the billboard is located adjacent to a wet precinct separated by a United States highway that merges into and becomes an interstate highway in a county with a population of 250,000 or less and advertises directions to a winery located in the adjacent wet precinct.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 522, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1264, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 1997.



Subchapter C. Industry Public Entertainment Facilities Act

Section  108.71.  Purpose.

This subchapter governs the statutory duties, rights, and relations among licensees and permittees operating under this subchapter, including their relations with the owners and operators of public entertainment facilities. This subchapter expressly authorizes alcoholic beverage distillers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers, except as provided by Section 108.74, to promote and sponsor events and advertise alcoholic beverage brands and products at public entertainment facilities without establishing unlawful intertier relations, including with retail permittees operating at those facilities.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.72.  Short Title.

This subchapter may be cited as the Industry Public Entertainment Facilities Act.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.73.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Independent concessionaire" means a licensed or permitted member of the retail tier or a holder of a private club permit, caterer's permit, or food and beverage certificate who:

(A)  has a written concession agreement from the owner, operator, or lessee of a public entertainment facility;

(B)  receives no monetary benefit, directly or indirectly, by any scheme or device or in any form or degree from the alcoholic beverage industry including a benefit in the form of capital improvements, furniture, fixtures, or equipment, unless otherwise authorized by this code or commission rules; and

(C)  is not owned, in whole or in part, by the public entertainment facility, or a subsidiary, agent, manager, or company managing the facility, and who does not own, in whole or in part, or manage the public entertainment facility.

(2)  "Public entertainment facility" means an arena, stadium, automobile race track, amphitheater, auditorium, theater, civic center, convention center, or similar facility that is primarily designed and used for live artistic, theatrical, cultural, educational, charitable, musical, sporting, nationally sanctioned automobile racing, or entertainment events. The term does not include a facility the primary purpose of which is the sale of food or alcoholic beverages, including a bar, nightclub, restaurant, hotel, bowling alley, pool hall, or dance hall, or a facility that derives 75 percent or more of the facility's annual gross revenue from the on-premise sale of alcoholic beverages.

(3)  "Public entertainment facility property" means property on which a public entertainment facility and a licensed or permitted premises are located and related surrounding property.

(4)  "Sponsorship signs" means any manner of advertising, promotional, or sponsorship signage, or any representation, device, display, regalia, insignia, indicia, design, slogan, trade name, brand name, product name, permittee or licensee name, advertising specialties, marketing services, or other materials indicating participation in or sponsorship of all or part of a public entertainment facility or an event or venue at a public entertainment facility, including the sponsorship or naming of all or part of the facility or event, wherever located, whether indoor or outdoor, including billboards, awnings, and electric signs, however manufactured, comprising whatever materials, and however disseminated, including by writing, printing, graphics, newspaper, periodicals, radio, television, cable, Internet, electronic, satellite, and other media or communication modalities.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.74.  Ex

CEPTION OF CERTAIN WHOLESALER FROM APPLICATION OF THIS

Subchapter

. A person who holds a permit under Chapter 19 and whose revenues from the sale of alcoholic beverages are predominately obtained from the sale of distilled spirits and wine may not enter into advertising, sponsorship, or promotional agreements as authorized by Section 108.75.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.75.  Advertising And Promotion In Public Entertainment Facility.

(a) A member of the distiller, manufacturing, distributor, or wholesaler tier may promote, sponsor, or advertise an entertainment event or venue or promote or advertise an alcoholic beverage brand or product at a public entertainment facility if the alcoholic beverage promoted, sold, or served at the event, venue, or facility is furnished by an independent concessionaire.

(b)  An independent concessionaire may not receive direct monetary benefit from advertising, promotional, or sponsorship revenues generated by operation of a public entertainment facility. A member of the manufacturing or distributing tier may not, directly or indirectly through the owner or operator of a public entertainment facility, furnish, give, rent, lend, or sell any equipment, fixtures, or supplies to an independent concessionaire. A public entertainment facility owner or operator or a member of the distiller, manufacturing, distributor, or wholesaler tier may not directly or indirectly control the quantity or brand of alcoholic beverages bought or sold by an independent concessionaire. An independent concessionaire must enter into a written concession agreement with an owner, lessee, or operator of a public entertainment facility.

(c)  A member of the distiller, manufacturing, distributor, or wholesaler tier who has entered into an advertising, promotional, or sponsorship agreement may provide sponsorship signs at a public entertainment facility property and as otherwise authorized in this code and commission rules.

(d)  An independent concessionaire who has entered into a concessionaire agreement under this subchapter may place sponsorship signs at, in, or on public entertainment facility property.

(e)  The owner or operator of a public entertainment facility who has entered into a concessionaire agreement and a sponsorship agreement under this subchapter shall not be precluded from placing and displaying sponsorship signs, as otherwise permitted by law, provided by sponsoring members of the distiller, manufacturing, distributor, or wholesaler tier, at, in, or on an independent concessionaire's venues at a public entertainment facility property, including the area where alcoholic beverages are displayed, served, or poured.

(f)  Nothing in this subchapter shall limit the independent concessionaire's right to place and display sponsorship and other signs authorized under this code and commission rules.

(g)  All advertising, promotional, sponsorship, and concession agreements authorized by this subchapter shall contain an affirmative provision disavowing the right of any party to engage in conduct prohibited by this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 108.755.  Certain Governmentally Owned Facilities.

(a) Section 108.75 does not restrict or govern the promotion, sponsorship, or advertising of an entertainment event, or the promotion or advertising of an alcoholic beverage brand or product, at a facility owned by a municipality or county that is financed with public securities, the interest on which is exempt from federal income taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(b)  Financial arrangements, including profit sharing, between a concessionaire operating at a facility described by Subsection (a) and a person operating the concession facilities under a contract with the license or permit holder or the municipality or county do not constitute and are not evidence of subterfuge ownership prohibited by Section 109.53.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 176, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  108.76.  Violation.

The provision, placement, and use of sponsorship signs as authorized by and in compliance with this subchapter by members of the distiller, manufacturing, distributor, or wholesaler tier, independent concessionaires, and public entertainment facility owners and operators does not constitute an illegal inducement, subterfuge, or a surrender of exclusive control.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.77.  Cost Of Advertisement, Sponsorship, Or Promotion.

No part of the cost of an advertisement, sponsorship, or promotion authorized by this subchapter may be charged to or paid by a distributor or wholesaler, except as provided by Section 108.74, unless the distributor or wholesaler:

(1)  contracts directly with the owner or operator of the public entertainment facility for the advertisement, sponsorship, or promotion; or

(2)  is a party to the advertising, sponsorship, or promotion agreement between a member of the manufacturing tier and the owner or operator of the public entertainment facility.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.78.  Confidentiality.

Any concessionaire, sponsorship, advertisement, or promotional agreement, or related agreement and exhibits to such an agreement, entered into, submitted, filed, or requested by the administrator or commission is deemed confidential under Section 5.48(b).

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.79.  Optional Preapproval Process.

(a) Subject to the terms of the relevant agreement, a permittee or licensee may by certified mail, return receipt requested, submit to the administrator in writing the permittee's or licensee's original or amended advertising, promotional, sponsorship, or concessionaire agreement relating to a public entertainment facility, requesting the administrator's approval.

(b)  Not later than the 30th day after the date the administrator receives the request for preapproval under this section, the administrator shall notify the permittee or licensee in writing, by certified mail, return receipt requested, whether the administrator approves, conditionally approves, or disapproves the submission. If the administrator does not provide the notification in that time and the permittee or licensee does not agree to a timely and reasonable written request for an extension by the administrator giving the reason for the request, the agreement is considered approved as submitted.

(c)  If the administrator conditionally approves or disapproves a submission under Subsection (b), the administrator shall specify in the notice provided under that subsection the basis for the administrator's determination, referencing any specific provisions of this code or other law involved in the determination and any necessary and reasonable actions the permittee or licensee may take to obtain approval of the submission.

(d)  On receipt of the administrator's conditional approval or disapproval, the permittee or licensee may:

(1)  revise and resubmit the agreement in compliance with the administrator's specific comments and instructions, including any discussions between the administrator and permittee or licensee to resolve the issues involved in the administrator's determination; or

(2)  contest the commission's or administrator's determinations, acts, or omissions related to this subchapter and engage in informal mediation to resolve the dispute regarding the submission.

(e)  A submission under Subsection (d)(1) is subject to the approval period prescribed by Subsection (b) unless the administrator and the permittee or licensee agree otherwise.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.80.  Judicial Review.

(a) If a permittee, licensee, or other party to an agreement under this subchapter alleges that the administrator is or has been, directly or indirectly, unfairly, arbitrarily, capriciously, or wrongly exercising or withholding the exercise of the administrator's authority under Section 108.79, desires a declaration of rights under this subchapter, or alleges threatened or actual damage or injury arising out of a violation of this subchapter or any other law relating to the process and rights provided by this subchapter, the aggrieved party may bring suit in a district court in Travis County:

(1)  to require, contest, or suspend enforcement of any act or omission by the administrator or commission; or

(2)  concerning any administrative, regulatory, legal, or judicial act or omission, including seeking mandatory and prohibitory injunctive and extraordinary relief or declaratory relief.

(b)  The court in its discretion may allow the permittee, licensee, or other party to an agreement to recover court costs and reasonable attorney's fees incurred in the defense or prosecution of the action.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  108.81.  Sponsor Liability.

A beverage distiller, manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler who sponsors an event at a public entertainment facility or on public entertainment facility property, or who advertises or displays sponsorship signs in connection with such an event or facility or property, shall not be liable solely because of such sponsorship, advertisement, or display of sponsorship signs for any personal injury, death, or property damage occurring at such a facility or property or as a result of the operation or condition of such facility or property or because of any tort committed by any other party at or in connection with such event, facility, or property.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 946, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.


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