TEXAS ACTION ALERT-Messages from TX-RPOA

Kill these BAD Bills-Take ACTION-NOW!!! Already leaning towards becming an AR state if these BAD BILLS become law then it is time for ALL Animal Owners and Animal Lovers to leave the state…or find a home for Rover in a place that is more acceptable towards animal ownership!!! -I am NOT kidding!!! The bills mentioned do not include the new BAD BILL on keeping big cats and monkeys previously posted…Please get your emails out NOW-time is of the essence if you wish to wn Rover and remain in Texas!!!

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TX-RPOA E-News
>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Crossposting is encouraged.
March 30, 2013

Note there are two bills pertaining to TDLR with hearings Tuesday and we’re
sending separate notifications. This department regulates Texas dog and cat
breeders under HB 1451.

Link below: RPOA’s bill positions and why they were formed for the 83rd
Session of the Texas Legislature:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/PositionsOnBillsFiled.htm
(We Oppose 9 bills and Support 10 bills) PDF on website. [BELOW]
Maps of the Texas Capitol (all floor diagrams, including restrooms!),
parking, and other information are posted on our website:
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org under the 2013 Legislative Session Tab. If any of
the committee members below are your representatives, please contact them to
OPPOSE this bill. George Armstrong will represent RPOA at this hearing and
present written testimony.

Senate Bill SB 1250
Relating to creation of an inner office of regulatory best practices within
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and evaluation by the office of
legislative proposals to regulate occupations

Public Hearing:
Senate Business and Commerce
Tuesday, April 2, 8:00 a.m. Room E1.016
Clerk: Troupe Brewer
Ph: (512) 463-0365

Chair: Sen. John Carona
Vice Chair: Sen. Larry Taylor
Members:
Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Kirk Watson
Sen. John Whitmire

Their contact information can be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us

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TX-RPOA E-News

>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Crossposting is encouraged.
March 30, 2013

Note there are two bills pertaining to TDLR with hearings Tuesday and we’re
sending separate notifications. This department regulates Texas dog and cat
breeders under HB 1451.

Link below is RPOA’s bill positions and why they were established for the
83rd Session of the Texas Legislature:
http://www.rpoatexasoutreach.org/PositionsOnBillsFiled.htm
(We Oppose 9 bills and Support 10 bills) PDF on website.
Maps of the Texas Capitol (all floor diagrams, including restrooms!),
parking, and other information are posted on our website:
www.rpoatexasoutreach.org under the 2013 Legislative Session Tab. If any of
the committee members below are your representatives, please contact them to
OPPOSE this bill as written. George Armstrong will represent RPOA at this
hearing and present written testimony.

House Bill HB 1331
Relating to confidentiality of complaints and investigations by the Texas
Department of Licensing & Regulation (Prohibit release under Open Records
Requests). We’re asking that TDLR “shall” be required to release ALL
records to the party investigated, including the name of the complainant —
not “may” be released. Shouldn’t be at TDLR’s discretion.

Public Hearing:
Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee
Tuesday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. or upon adjournment. Room E1.010
Clerk: Gabe Valenzuela
Ph: (512) 463-0798

Chairman: Rep. Wayne Smith
Vice Chair: Rep. John Kuempel
Members:
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ryan Guillen
Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Rep. Borris Miles
Rep. Walter “Four” Price
Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Their contact information can be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us
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from TX-RPOA website:

RPOA Texas Outreach

And

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance

The 83rd Session of the

Texas Legislature

Is Now In Session!

There are 19 Bills of concern to Responsible Pet Owners Alliance which will be monitored closely.  Copies of these bills can be found:  www.capitol.state.tx.us

Subscribe to TX RPOA E-News by emailing rpoa@texas.net and say “subscribe!”

 Our Bill Positions may change due to amendments made along the way.

 OPPOSE NINE BILLS AT PRESENT TIME

HB 1331 and SB 408 must be amended to allow the person charged with offenses

to obtain copies of all of their own records from complaints and investigations,

 including the name of the complainant.

COMPANION BILL:  HB 1331 by Stephenson. et al.

Relating to confidentiality of certain complaints to and investigations by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

RPOA:  This bill affects all licensees, not just dog & cat breeders.

 “Shall” MUST replace “may” in Sec. 51.2525, (b) (2) regarding the party being investigated in a complaint having access to their personal investigation information.  TDLR should not be granted discretion in releasing all records to the party being investigated.  It should be mandated in bill language.

 AND COMPANION BILL:  Engrossed Version SB 408 by Carona, has been passed and “received from Senate in House.”  No longer identical.  Sec. 51.2525, (c) (2) must be amended as above with party “shall” and not “may” be given access to their person investigative records at the discretion of TDLR.

Relating to confidentiality of certain complaints to and investigations by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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 SB 1250 by Carona

Relating to the creation of an office of regulatory best practices in the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and the evaluation by the office of proposals by members of the legislature to regulate occupations.

 RPOA:  SB 1250 is a very bad bill, legislating even more power to TDLR for “regulatory best practices.”  Establishes an “office,” appears to circumvent the legislative process itself.  Will recommend regulating occupations or professions not currently regulated.  Regarding currently regulated occupations, can “increase” regulatory requirements.

 SB 654 by West

Relating to the enforcement of water conservation and animal care and control ordinances of a municipality by civil action or quasi-judicial enforcement; providing civil penalties.

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HB 297 by Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to appeals regarding dangerous dogs.

 RPOA:  HB 297 deals with the Chapter on dangerous dogs, H&S Code sec. 822.0421.

Proposed sec. 822.0423 includes a new provision to impose the cost of keeping the animal on the appellant which is similar to the way they do people in animal seizures.

Proposed section 822.0424 is new and purports to give jurisdiction to county courts and county courts at law jurisdiction of such cases notwithstanding other law.

 All sections in the Health and Safety code should refer to the rules of civil procedure instead of reinventing the procedural wheel.  All of these court procedures already exist and are created by the higher courts and taught to the judges in their judge schools.

 H&S Code 821.025(e) is the section that prohibits appeals higher than county court in dog seizures.

[BLOGGERS NOTE: This is unconstitutional!!! No LAW can supersede the US and Texas Constitutions…Already the laws are NOT properly followed…They have been seizing whole herds and entire groups of VALUABLE animals when the TX Health and Safety Code 821 et al. states an animal and the animal-SINGULAR…see page on this blog The Texas Animal Cruelty Law and the Justice of the Peace Jurisdiction: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/texas-animal-cruelty-law-and-the-justice-of-the-peace-jurisdiction/ ]

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?K2DocKey=odbc%3a%2f%2fTLO%2fTLO.dbo.vwCurrBillDocs%2f83%2fR%2fH%2fB%2f00297%2f1%2fB%40TloCurrBillDocs&QueryText=hb+297&HighlightType=1

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 HB 1449 by Kuempel, Introduced Version

Relating to licensing and regulation of dog and cat dealers; providing penalties and imposing fees.

 RPOA:  There is a Revised HB 1449 Draft, which hasn’t been filed yet.  Very bad bill, must be killed  — not filed.  A “Dealer” is any person selling or offering to sell 21 animals (dogs and cats combined) for pets.  There is no way to amend this bill satisfactorily.  This proposed new law does to retailers what dog breeders fought against in HB 1451.    Bill calls for all administration costs to be covered with fees/fines as in HB 1451 with “rules” to be written by Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).  TDLR director Bill Kuntz says he is not adding additional staff.  HB 1449 does not grant the right for a retail pet shop business to exist as PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) claims.  This is a PIJAC bill, not from HSUS and their associate Texas Humane Legislation Network, as first believed.       

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 HB 3746 by Farrar

Relating to the offenses of cruelty to livestock animals and cruelty to nonlivestock animals.

RPOA:  This is a repeat of previous Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) attempts to add “recklessly” to “intentionally and knowingly” committing an offense.    

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 HB 3747 by Farrar 

Relating to a central database containing information about certain persons who have been convicted of or received a grant of deferred adjudication for certain offenses involving animal cruelty; providing a criminal penalty.

 RPOA:  This is a repeat from last session.  Most likely coming from lobbyists for Nanci Alexander and ex-husband Leslie Alexander (Houston Rockets owner) once again.  We killed it last session and it is a major  “animal rights” agenda item.  A Public Animal Abusers List – similar to sex offenders.

**Bloggers note-Nanci Alexander is from an Animal Rights Extremist group in FL and needs to get her ugly nose out of Texas…that basketball team wears leather sneakers and last I saw, her car had leather interior she’s been a real problem for more than 20 years in FL…must be losing her grip there…

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HB 3748 by Farrar

Relating to the costs associated with proceedings regarding cruelly treated animals; authorizing fees and costs.

 RPOA:   This proposed law creates an unheard of requirement to also pay the government’s lawyer in an animal cruelty case.  This requirement exists nowhere in state or federal law.  When the government comes to prosecute, it is at their own expense.

SUPPORT TEN BILLS AT PRESENT TIME

HB 489 by Menendez

Relating to use of assistance animals that provide assistance to persons with disabilities; providing criminal penalties.

HB 858 by Lucio III l et al.

Relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat.

HB 1200 by Taylor, Van

Relating to access to certain facilities by search and rescue dogs and their handlers; providing a criminal penalty.

HB 1425 by Moody

Relating to definition of property for purposes of stalking.  Adds pets as property.

HB 1469 by Laubenberg

Relating to provisions in protective orders regarding pets and other companion animals; providing a penalty.

HB 2981 by Rodriguez, Eddie  TENTATIVE SUPPORT

Relating to the procedures and duties of animal shelters and rescue organizations; providing penalties.

HB 3592 by Anderson

Relating to animal shelters.

HB 3749 by Farrar

Relating to the guidelines for animal shelters.

SB 360 by Watson

Relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat.

SB 555 by Davis

Relating to provisions in protective orders regarding pets and other companion animals; providing a penalty.

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Copy of my first letter going out -feel free to C/P and send…

I am outraged that the Texas legislature is once again considering unconstitutional laws and procedures concerning animal cruelty. As it is, enforcement and the courts are breaking the law with unconstitutional procedures to ‘get it done’.

No longer are victims hiding and ARE doing something about this. Unconstitutional laws and procedures will no longer be tolerated.

If anything, the legislature needs to be more concerned about what is happening to the animals!

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 and thru a highly developed scheme to collect donations.
Follow the animals ~ Follow the money!!!

Please see the following link over the current status of the cruelty law in Texas concerning the Justice of the Peace jurisdiction, the Texas Cruelty Law (TX Health and Safety Code 821 et al) and both the US and state constitutions.
https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/texas-animal-cruelty-law-and-the-justice-of-the-peace-jurisdiction/

This link is concerning the lobbying practices that are going on and must be stopped.
http://dominosfall.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/164/

Thank you for your attention to a matter that is very important to me!

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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned…This is some scary shit!!! Best -B

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~ by topcatsroar on March 31, 2013.

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