(a) The commissioner shall appoint a wine industry development advisory committee
(1) develop a long-term vision and marketable identity for the wine industry in the
state that take into consideration future industry development, funding, research,
educational programming, risk management, and marketing;
(2) assist the commissioner in establishing and implementing the Texas Wine Marketing
Assistance Program under Chapter 110, Alcoholic Beverage Code; and
(3) assist and advise the commissioner in determining the best and most productive
and efficient expenditures of the wine industry development fund.
(b) The committee consists of members appointed by the commissioner to represent a
diverse cross-section of the wine industry, including representatives of:
(1) grape growers representing various regions of this state;
(2) wineries representing a variety of small, medium, and large formats from the various
regions of this state;
(3) researchers or educators specializing in viticulture or enology;
(4) consumers who are not affiliated with the alcoholic beverage industry;
(5) the department; and
(6) the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
(b-1) The members described by Subsections (b)(4) and (6) are nonvoting members.
(c) The members of the committee serve without compensation.
(d) A member of the committee serves at the pleasure of the commissioner for a term
of two years. The commissioner may reappoint a member to the committee.
(e) The commissioner shall select a presiding officer from among the members and adopt
rules governing the operation of the committee.
(f) The committee shall meet as necessary to provide guidance to the commissioner.
(g) Not later than September 1 of each year, the committee shall provide the commissioner
with a written report containing:
(1) a summary of the committee's discussions, conclusions, and recommendations from
the fiscal year preceding that date;
(2) a proposed schedule and plan of action for the fiscal year beginning on that date
designed to implement and further the objectives of this chapter and Chapter 110,
Alcoholic Beverage Code;
(3) a proposed budget and prioritized spending plan for expenditures of the wine industry
development fund; and
(4) other information requested by the commissioner or determined by a majority of
the committee to be appropriate for inclusion in the report.
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