Jay Root of the Texas Tribune continues to report on the profligate spending practices of Texas liquor regulators:
"The jet-setting brass of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars attending meetings and hosting conferences that featured open bars, mariachis and square dancers — largely paid for with liquor industry money — is facing some buzz-killing proposals in the Texas House of Representatives.
State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, and Rep. Ramon Romero, D-Fort Worth, this week filed amendments cutting off future out-of-state travel by TABC. Isaac would also restrict state liquor regulators from using money from outside groups that are funded largely by the liquor industry, such as the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA).
The lawmakers said they decided to move forward with the amendments after reading about the agency's controversial spending practices in the Texas Tribune..."
The Texas Tribune's previous reporting on this controversy was also featured on DrinksReform.org: http://www.drinksreform.org/blog-1/2017/3/30/texas-liquor-regulators-partying-on-taxpayers-tab