State law severely limits how cities can regulate the sale of alcohol. And the state's complex system of local option elections make it difficult to know what is allowed and where. Whether your city is about to go "wet," has recently gone wet, or has been wet for many years, you need to know the legalities of alcohol regulation. This webinar, along with the accompanying written reference materials, will clearly and succinctly explain what cities can and can't do. 


What You'll Learn:

  • What a local option election is, what area does it cover, and what it authorizes.
  • How state law has preempted the field of alcoholic beverages.
  • The main point: What state law allows a city to regulate and how, including what a city CAN do and CAN'T do.


Who Should Attend:

Any elected or appointed city official with an interest in regulating the sale of alcohol in their city.


About Our Speaker:

Scott Houston is deputy executive director and general counsel of the Texas Municipal League, and general counsel of the Texas City Attorneys Association. He has served as an adjunct professor of political science at Texas State University's MPA program, and his work on open meetings law has been published in the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Scott has received the Texas Bar Government Lawyers Section "Outstanding Government Lawyer of the Year Award," the American Bar Association's "Up and Coming Young Lawyer Award," and the International Municipal Lawyers Association's "State League Counsel of the Year Award."




Monday, March 31, 2014


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


$65 (per computer connection)



There is only one way to register—online with credit card payment. Payment and a valid email address are required to register.

You must register by March 26 in order to participate in the webinar. No registrations will be accepted after that time, due to the process required to confirm your participation.

The fee is $65 for TML member cities. Each paid registration gives you one computer connection to the webinar. You may not share your access information. Registration is limited to 90 connections, so register early to ensure your spot.



Participation instructions will be emailed to the registered individual prior to the webinar.



Please contact the TML Conferences and Training Services Department at 512-231-7400 or


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