Message from TX-RPOA

Looks like someone is paying attention from what they thought it would be to what it really is…it is what it is…nothing more and certainly a heck f a lt less than expected and I am pretty sure that 6-800 ‘breeders didn’t leave the state or dump their business…More like law makers believing what fanatics were telling them rather than the truth of the matter-It was BULLSHIT all along!!! So now what?!?

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TX-RPOA E-News
>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Crossposting is encouraged.
October 1, 2012

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) Meeting on September
26th had a surprise visitor. Steven Polunsky, director of the Senate
Committee on Business and Commerce, told the commissioners that Senator John
Carona, Chairman, had been monitoring meetings regarding HB 1451 and was
concerned that certain things had not come to pass regarding funding for
enforcement. Senator Carona’s letter to TDLR Executive Director William
Kuntz can be found on our RPOA Texas Outreach website:
http://tinyurl.com/8cc5xxw
Under the “HB 1451 Watchdog” Tab.

Excerpts from Senator John Carona’s letter:
“The [Dog and Cat Breeder] Act has a unique statutory provision for this
agency allowing for donations to the ‘Dog or Cat Breeder Training and
Enforcement Account.’ I am told that the program is falling far short of
sufficient funding due to few licenses being issued, and that the Department
or its advisory board may be considering the pursuit and use of donated
funds as a significant source for this program. The implications of this
approach to funding are a great cause of concern. If the program is to
continue, it must be supported by licensing income in a manner that does not
punish registrants or raise the appearance of potential bias. Reliance on 
donations for the program’s survival to any degree is not acceptable.”

HB 1451 was sold to legislators as being revenue neutral with a projected
1,000 licensees although RPOA and American Kennel Club predicted less than
200 licenses would be issued. TDLR staff reported 135 applications had
been received to date, 74 approved with none denied so far (includes 10 USDA
licensees who don’t require a pre-license inspection). Chairman Frank
Denton said that fell short of the 600-800 licensees they expected, but was
better than the 60 licenses they had issued last week!

The commissioners voted approval of the “Criminal Conviction Guidelines”
which are guidelines used to deny license applications or renewals. The
Comment Period has closed on the Penalty Matrix for Violations and staff is
preparing that report for the Breeder Advisory Committee’s consideration.
Chairman Denton said it is highly controversial. This will be the final
step in implementing HB 1451, a long torturous procedure for all involved.

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Please be aware:

Animal seizures and rescues are being conducted by a very sophisticated network of organized crime who have developed a very sophisticated scheme by which they are criminalizing longstanding animal and livestock owners; divesting them of ownership of entire herds of livestock and commercially valuable animals. All of it done at taxpayer expense.

**Disclaimer is connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and others.

Stay tuned and follow this blog; there will be more…There always is  Best  -B

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~ by topcatsroar on October 1, 2012.

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