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Thursday, April 13, 2006
  100 extra Jackbooted Asshats at taxpayer expense. That is a bigger deal than their assholish tactics in local bars.
abc13.com: News from KTRK, around Texas - the Lone Star State: "More than 2,200 bar patrons or workers have been arrested or issued citations since August. The purpose is to stop the sale of alcoholic beverages to people who are drunk and, as a result, cut down on the number of drunken drivers.

Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

But media reports about the program after a sting last month in the Dallas suburb of Irving prompted criticism that the arrests could prove bad for business if they drive away conventions and other tourists.

Beck said the commission had been considering the suspension after the flood of complaints related to the Irving stings.

The commission has not set a date to reinstate the program.

'We're just delaying the operations until we've had time to go through the information we received,' Beck said.

The Monday hearing will continue as planned and will also include the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Beck said.

The commission has been doing stings in bars since 2001, but began doing more over the summer after getting additional funding from the Legislature for about 100 more employees."
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