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  H.B. No. 3712
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to authorizing a holder of a distributor's license to
  provide samples of malt beverages to retailers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 102.02, Alcoholic Beverage Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 102.02.  PROVIDING SAMPLES.  (a) Notwithstanding any
  other provision of this code, the holder of a wholesaler's permit or
  distributor's license or the holder's agent, representative, or
  employee may furnish or give a sample of liquor or malt beverages to
  a holder of a permit or license authorizing the sale of that
  category of alcoholic beverage at retail if the retail permittee or
  licensee has not previously purchased that brand from that
  wholesaler permittee or distributor licensee.
         (b)  The liquor or malt beverages provided as a sample under
  Subsection (a) [wholesaler] may [give the retail permittee] not be
  more than:
               (1)  750 milliliters of any brand of distilled spirits;
               (2)  [, not more than] three liters of any brand of
  wine; and
               (3)  72 ounces [in that package, and not more than one
  six-pack] of any brand of malt [other alcoholic] beverage [so
  packaged].
         (c)  The holder of a retail permit or license authorizing the
  sale of liquor or malt beverages [permittee] or the permittee's or
  licensee's agent, servant, or employee may sample the alcoholic
  beverage provided under Subsection (a) [the product] on the
  permitted or licensed retail [licensed] premises only if:
               (1)  the holder of the wholesaler's permit or
  distributor's license is present; [wholesaler] or
               (2)  the wholesaler's or distributor's agent, servant,
  or employee is present.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3712 was passed by the House on May 3,
  2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 133, Nays 12, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3712 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor