New Liquor Laws - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

New Liquor Laws

New Liquor Laws

Big name stores like Wal-Mart and Target could soon be allowed to sell liquor. Two bills currently in the state legislature could mean that local liquor stores will have a little more competition when it comes to business.

Senate Bill 609 and House Bill 1225 both call for the state to lift a ban that prevents publicly traded companies from selling liquor and other spirits. Kocks Liquor in Wichita Falls has been selling for decades.

"In order to have a license in the state of Texas currently you have to be a resident of the state there cannot be ownership from outside the state," said Victor Kocks owner of Kocks Liquor.

Small privately owned businesses like Kocks could go out of business if Wal-mart and other big chains are allowed a chance to sell. Kocks said it's about more than having new competition when it comes to making money, it's about where the money goes.

"One big reason is because their money goes back to other states all of our money is spent locally for our economy, for our sidewalks, our streets, and our schools," said Kocks.

The bills are currently awaiting action from their respective committees right now. If they are approved the laws would take effect September 1st of this year.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races

    After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races

    Saturday, December 16 2017 12:06 PM EST2017-12-16 17:06:09 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 4:50 PM EST2017-12-16 21:50:44 GMT

    Both Democratic and Republican operatives say abortion may take a backseat to other issues in 2018 now that conservative Alabama has elected a Democrat who supports abortion rights.

    Both Democratic and Republican operatives say abortion may take a backseat to other issues in 2018 now that conservative Alabama has elected a Democrat who supports abortion rights.

  • Canadian Brass performing at Memorial Auditorium

    Canadian Brass performing at Memorial Auditorium

    Saturday, December 16 2017 3:21 PM EST2017-12-16 20:21:13 GMT
    (Source:RNN Texoma)(Source:RNN Texoma)

    The Wichita Falls Symphony will be hosting Canadian Brass.

    The Wichita Falls Symphony will be hosting Canadian Brass.

  • WFFD gives tips on live Christmas tree to avoid tragedy

    WFFD gives tips on live Christmas tree to avoid tragedy

    Saturday, December 16 2017 3:02 PM EST2017-12-16 20:02:20 GMT

    It takes just seconds for a live Christmas tree to go up in flames and take everything with it. For that reason, The Wichita Falls Fire Department is reminding everyone of the precautions you should take to prevent that from happening in your home. 

    It takes just seconds for a live Christmas tree to go up in flames and take everything with it. For that reason, The Wichita Falls Fire Department is reminding everyone of the precautions you should take to prevent that from happening in your home. 

Powered by Frankly