from TX-RPOA ~ 2015 Texas Legislature
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach has a great new logo with a
Texas theme — a cowboy juggling a dog, cat, bird and ferret! Our logo
artist is Chris Maroney, who did the “collectible” River City Cluster of Dog
Shows t-shirts each year in the past. You may remember! You’ll see it when
you check out our website: www.rpoatexasoutreach.org for the 2015 Texas
Legislature information below.
Gib Lewis, former House Speaker, is our lobbyist once again this session.
The Legislature adjourns June 1st, with the governor having until June 22nd
to sign or veto bills.
Unfortunately, Rep. Senfronia Thompson has blocked our efforts
for a bill to move the misnamed 2011 “Puppy Mill” Bill
administration under Texas Department of Agriculture instead of
Licensing & Regulation with her usual threats to legislators.
(More later on this.)
March 13th was the last day to file bills and we’ve had 25 animal bills to
analyze for positions. Thirteen bills are posted “For Information Only” if
you wish to read them, but we will “only” be monitoring a separate list of
12 Bills, including House and Senate. Four bills to support and eight bills
to oppose. Those bills link to a PDF file for printouts, with our position,
analysis, and bill text. You can send them to media and your personal
There is a very bad bill to establish a state “Animal
Welfare Commission” which would undoubtedly be an “Animal Rights Commission”
— judging from past experience with the HSUS/Texas Humane Legislation
Network Dog and Cat Breeder Law.
You can find everything you ever wanted to know about the Capitol in Austin
on our website and we’ll cover the bills in Action Alerts along the way.
RPOA has a very diverse membership of animal owners and I wish to thank all
of you who replied to my request for feedback on the bills! None of us is
as good as all of us! We’ll send out action alerts for all committee
hearings but it’s usually very short notice, so be prepared.
covers pet issues, not exotics,
simply because of time constraints. But all
Texas animal ownership is under attack.
There will be no official “RPOA
Lobby Day” at the Capitol this session because so many of our members are
employed and can’t attend weekdays.
However, every day is “Lobby Day” for
RPOA! (More info on the website.)
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
POSITIONS ON BILLS FILED
84th Session 2015 Texas State Legislature (Our positions may change as bills are amended in the legislative process.)
RPOA OPPOSES THESE BILLS [Bloggers Note: You will need to follow the above link for Analysis and Position]
HB 234 by Farrar: Relating to costs associated with proceedings regarding cruelly treated animals, authorizing fees and costs. Analysis and Position [Bloggers Note: This bill is illegal and unconstitutional and lacks proper due process as provided by both US and Texas constitutions. Animal Cruelty laws are based on intentional cruelty-The current status of the Texas animal cruelty law and the civil law regarding cruelly treated animals is in conflict as the civil law is not being enforced properly; taking animals with no criminal conviction even though stipulated by the civil law if there is no criminal conviction, the animals are to be returned. ]
HB 235 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. Analysis and Position [Bloggers Note: Owners of animals could be convicted as felons although no intentional cruelty ever existed]
HB 1800 by Walle: Relating to regulation of public nuisance, aggressive, and dangerous dogs; authorizing fees and creating offenses. Analysis and Position
AND COMPANION SB 708 by Garcia (Identical): Relating to regulation of public nuisance, aggressive, and dangerous dogs; authorizing fees and creating offenses. Analysis and Position
HB 2562 by Sheets: Relating to care and unlawful restraint of a dog; creating an offense. Analysis and Position
HB 3963 by Farrar (Identical): Relating to establishment and functions of Animal Welfare Commission. Analysis and Position
AND COMPANION SB 908 by Zaffirini, (Identical): Relating to establishment and functions of Animal Welfare Commission. Analysis and Position
SB 1781 by Menendez: Relating to euthanasia as a last resort in a county or municipal animal shelter in certain counties. Analysis and Position
RPOA SUPPORTS THESE BILLS
HB 1436 by Smithee: Relating to appeals regarding dangerous dogs. Analysis and Position
AND COMPANION SB 1855 by Lucio (Identical): Relating to appeals regarding dangerous dogs. Analysis and Position
HB 593 by Collier, Geren, Giddings, Burns Relating to animal encounter training Peace Officers (HB 579, HB 1310 are folded into HB 593) Analysis and Position
AND COMPANION SB 1637 by Whitmire (Similar): Relating to canine encounter training for peace officers. Analysis and Position
FOR INFORMATION ONLY
Text for the bills below can be found at: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ Click on the “Bill” Box and type in the bill number. All information pops up!
Veterinarian and Shelter Related Bills
HB 503 by Guillen/by Phillips Relating to peace officers commissioned by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
HB 633 by Bonnen Relating to sales and use tax exemption for certain health care supplies.
HB 859 by Rodriguez, Eddie, (Identical): Relating to exemption from veterinary licensing law for certain persons who provide services to an animal shelter.
AND COMPANION SB 1920 by Watson (Identical): Relating to exemption from veterinary licensing law for certain persons who provide services to an animal shelter.
HB 1274 by Larson, (Identical): Relating to medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies.
AND COMPANION SB 1911 by Perry (Identical): Relating to medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies.
HB 1740 by Thompson, Senfronia, (Identical): Relating to administration of rabies vaccine under local rabies control program.
AND COMPANION SB 1780 by Menendez (Identical): Relating to administration of rabies vaccine under local rabies control program.
HB 2276 by Elkins: Relating to development and maintenance of certain records and written policies of animal shelters.
HB 1970 by Martinez, “Mando” Relating to establishment of disaster identification system for a state of disaster (for domesticated animals).
HB 2018 by Schaefer Relating to abolishing regulation of guard dog trainers.
SB 1214 by Taylor, Van Relating to use of human remains for forensic science education, including training of search & rescue animals.
HB 4099 by Fletcher: Relating to issuance of K9s4Cops specialty license plates.
HSUS, Texas Humane Legislation Network and ASPCA held their joint Lobby Day as usual.
YOU’LL FIND LINKS ON THE WEBSITE TO:
RPOA Positions on 25 Animal Bills Filed, Lobby Day, Legislators Packet,
Dates of Interest, Suggested Dialogue, Find Your Legislator, House
Committees, Senate Committees, Available Parking; Maps for Capitol Complex,
Exhibit Space, Capitol Ext. Level E1 and E2 and all 4 Floors. Maps include
Cafeteria and Restroom locations. All of the links go to PDF Files for easy
printouts. Contact us anytime for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Mary Beth Duerler
Volunteer Executive Director
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B