Ag commissioner asks attorney general to weigh in on BBQ battle


BRAWL 2-ROBERT:IT'S A BATTLE OVER BBQ IN TEXAS AFTER AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER DECIDED TO START ENFORCING A LAW THAT'S BEEN ON THE BOOKS FOR DECADES

2-SHANNON:AS KXAN'S PHIL PRAZAN EXPLAINS — IT'S AN UNWELCOME SURPRISE FOR BBQ JOINTS ACROSS THE STATEAT THE COUNTY LINE, THE SIGN OUTSIDE HAS A TOUCH OF CURRENT EVENTSTHEIR DEFENSE AGAINST THE STATE AG-DEPARTMENT THAT'S CRACKING DOWN ON WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

SKEETER MILLER, THE COUNTY LINE WE DON'T GET TO BE IN BUSINESS FOR 42 YEARS BY CHEATING PEOPLE, OK SKEETER MILLER SAYS AG-AGENTS WROTE THEM A CITATION A YEAR AND A HALF AGO FOR NOT PAYING THE $35-DOLLAR SCALE CERTIFICATION FEES AND FOR NOT HAVING THOSE SCALES IN VIEW OF CUSTOMERS THAT PART OF THE DECADES OLD LAW, HE SAYS, WOULD REQUIRE AN ENTIRE REDESIGN OF THE RESTAURANT SKEETER MILLER,THE COUNTY LINE IT'S JUST VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE OUR KITCHEN IS IN THE BACK

OUR PITS ARE IN THE BACK YOU CAN'T HAVE A SCALE OUT FRONT OF ALL THE CUSTOMERS WITH YOU CUTTING THE MEAT" LAWMAKERS THOUGHT THEY EXEMPTED RESTAURANTS LIKE THE COUNTY LINE BUT COMMISIONER MILLER SAYS IT STILL APPLIES BECAUSE THEY OFFER TAKE-OUT I HAVEN'T SEEN ONE PLACE WHERE THEY COULDN'T PUT IT UP ON THE FRONT COUNTER NONE

COMMISSIONER MILLER TOLD ME BY PHONE IF LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXCLUDE TAKE-OUT SHOPS, THEY'LL HAVE TO CHANGE THE LAW IN 2019HE'S JUST ENFORCING WHAT'S ON THE BOOKSSID MILLER, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY A BBQ PLACE WOULDN'T WANT TO PUT THEIR SCALE UP FRONT WHERE THE CUSTOMER CAN SEE THEIR MEET BEING WEIGHED

" SKEETER MILLER, THE COUNTY LINE IF A CUSTOMER IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF FOOD THAT THEY HAVE, WE'RE GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO BRING THEM MORE FOOD TO WORK AROUND IT, SKEETER CHANGED THE MENUS; FROM SERVINGS OF MEAT IN POUNDS TO SERVINGS OF MEAT PER PERSON PHIL PRAZAN

KXAN NEWS ROBERT: THE AG- DEPARTMENT ASKED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO "WEIGH IN" WITH HIS INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW PASSED EARLIER THIS YEAR – THE ONE LAWMAKERS THOUGHT PROTECTED BBQ RESTAURANTS AN

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