ANNOUNCEMENT 28 May 2011In May 2011, a US state government announced a change in import duties.
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Alcohol is, by one of the peculiarities of U.S. constitutional law and history, one of the few products in which the state governments share regulatory authority over imports with the Federal government.
Under a bill (HB1936) that the governor of Texas signed into law on May 28, 2011, and that entered into effect on September 1, 2011, Texas liberalized certain aspects of its alcohol-import laws as they pertain to imports by individuals for their personal use. The law had originally distinguished between Texas residents and non-residents; that distinction is now eliminated. The original law had limited a resident's imports to not more than one quart of liquor or three gallons of wine; as amended, the law now permits up to 24 twelve-ounce bottles or an equivalent quantity of malt beverages, 3 gallons of wine, and 1 gallon of distilled spirits.