The nations largest retail chain claims a Texas law violates their rights to sell alcohol at fair prices.
Wal-Mart has filed a federal lawsuit in Austin challenging the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commissions over a state law that forbids the company from owning and operating liquor stores, or selling alcohol at their stores.
The lawsuit contends restrictions on package liquor licenses, some dating to the end of Prohibition, handed out by T.A.B.C. amount to unconstitutional discrimination.
Currently, T.A.B.C. code prevents stores like Wal-Mart from selling hard alcohol, making it only available to ‘liquor stores.’ Wal-Mart is seeking to change that.
Should Wal-Mart win in Federal court, and T.A.B.C revises in alcohol codes in Texas, the changes that may accompany, could change the way Texas, and members of every community, including how the LGBTQ+ community purchase their cocktails of choice.
Alcohol would become available at any ‘corner store’ like in Louisiana, and because Wal-Mart operates 24-hours a day, the current law prohibiting alcohol sales from liquor stores on Sundays, would disappear. It’s possible that the 2 a.m. law in Texas would also disappear.
Out of 38 states that Wal-Mart operates in, Texas is the only state Wal-Mart has sued.