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Restricted Expenditures — Misuse of State Money or Property

State money may not be used to purchase alcohol or alcoholic beverages for personal consumption or entertainment. This prohibition applies regardless of the source of the money used to purchase the alcohol or beverages.

A state agency may not use appropriated money to compensate an officer or employee who uses alcoholic beverages on active duty.

A state agency may only purchase an alcoholic beverage for authorized law enforcement purposes.


Appropriated money
Money appropriated by the Legislature through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) or other law. (Texas Government Code Section 2113.001(1))
State agency
  • A department, commission, board, office or other entity in the executive branch of state government.
  • The Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, another entity in the judicial branch of state government with statewide authority or a court of appeals.
  • A university system or an institution of higher education as defined by Texas Education Code Section 61.003, except a public junior college, which is excluded from the meaning of the term. (Texas Government Code Section 2113.001(2))

Sources [+]

Texas Constitution Article III, Section 51; Article VIII, Section 3; Article XVI, Section 6(a); Texas Government Code Sections 2113.012, 2113.101.

Documentation Requirements [+]

  1. A state agency must retain documentation in its files explaining if the alcohol or alcoholic beverage was used for personal consumption or entertainment. If alcohol or an alcoholic beverage was not used for personal consumption or entertainment, a state agency must state the statutory authority for the purchase and the proper law enforcement purpose served by the purchase.