TFFA Priorities for the 88th Legislative Session
Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Proposal
The Ready-to-Drink (RTD) liquor based cocktails category, including hard seltzers, recorded the largest consumption increase in the US last year. The category will be bigger than wine in the US by the end of 2021. RTDs are expected to gain 22% volume share of total beverage alcohol in the US by 2025, up from 9.6% share currently. However, under current law, C-Stores in Texas are not allowed to sell liquor based RTDs despite a majority of the category having similar or lower alcohol-by-volume than comparable beer and wine.
TFFA and a coalition of interested parties are preparing legislation to allow C-Stores in Texas to be able to sell RTD canned cocktails and participate in this exploding product market.
Electric Vehicle Registration Fees
TFFA supports a $200 per year registration fee for electric vehicles. In the 2021 Texas Legislative Session bills were filed a disagreement between a $200 per year EV fee or a $100 per year EV fee. In the end the disagreement led to nothing being passed. TFFA is working with the Chairmen of the House and Senate Transportation Committees on interim charges regarding electric vehicles that should lead to a compromise on passing an electric vehicle fee in the 2023 Texas Legislative Session.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Locations
The Texas House and Senate Interim Charges both refer to federal Infrastructure Act, directing various committees to study how money will be allocated through state Appropriations. The deployment of electric vehicle charges across the state will be part of that discussion. TFFA will work with the committees to protect against the commercialization of rest areas and the subsidization of electric vehicle charging stations by electric utilities. TFFA will support the Charge America Partnership’s legislative efforts for fair competition in the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations.
UST Monitoring/Reporting Rule Modernization
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is up for “Sunset Review” by the Texas Legislature in the 2023 Legislative Session. TCEQ is the state agency that regulates underground storage tanks in Texas. TFFA is working with the agency in the lead up to the sunset process to help modernize and streamline some areas of the UST program.