Former laws prohibited the sale of alcohol in Texas until noon on Sundays.
For the first time, Texans can purchase beer and wine before noon on a Sunday after recent legislation did away with an antiquated law prohibiting the act.
Back in May, the Texas legislature approved House Bill 1518 sponsored by Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., that which permit stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays beginning at 10 am.
Additionally, the bill would allow for Texas hotels to sell alcohol at any time of the day on Sundays.
It should be noted that this is not HB 937, a bill that would permit the sell of distilled spirits on Sundays. As it stands, Texas is one of only 7 states to prohibit the sale of distilled spirits on Sundays, along with Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, North and South Carolina, and Utah. According to KXAN, that bill was left pending in committee, making it unlike to pass into law.
HB 1518 goes into effect September 1. Earlier this month, Gov. Abbott signed HB 1024 into law, allowing the permanent sell of to-go alcoholic beverages from bars and restaurants.