2017 Legislative Session

THLN Priority Legislation

 

BILL: Humane Tethering - HB 1156 / SB 1090, Rep. Davis, District 134 & Senator Lucio, District 27

Relating to the care and unlawful restraint of a dog.

BILL: Violent Animal Cruelty - HB 1357 / SB 762, Rep. Moody, District 78 & Senator Menendez, District 26

Relating to the penalties associated with convictions of felony companion animal cruelty.

 

Animal Bills We're Following

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BILL INFORMATION MAY CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME DUE TO AMENDMENTS AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE BILL]

 

HOUSE BILLS

 

BILL: HB 162 - 11/14/16 - Lucio III District 38

Relating to conditions of community supervision for defendants convicted of certain criminal offenses involving animals.
(Online Responsible Pet Owner Bill)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 233 - 11/14/16 - E. Rodriguez District 51

Relating to the exception of certain information related to the humane disposition by a municipality or county of an animal from required disclosure under the public information law.
(Exemption of Adoption Records)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 401 - 11/17/16 - Villalba District 114

Relating to civil or criminal liability for leaving certain animals unattended in or removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.
(Dogs in Hot Cars)

COMPANION TO SB 69 (below)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 478 - 12/1/16 - Israel District 50

Relating to civil liability for removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.
(Dogs in Hot Cars)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 748 - 12/27/16 - Farrar District 148

Relating to certain costs associated with certain court proceedings for cruelly treated animals; authorizing fees and costs.
(Seizure Bill)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 749 - 12/17/16 - Farrar District 148

Relating to a central database containing information about certain persons who have been convicted of or received a grant of deferred adjudication community supervision for certain offenses involving animal cruelty; creating a criminal offense.
(Animal Cruelty Database)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 904 - 1/9/17 - Nevarez District 74

Relating to the classification of exotic and nongame animals.

 

BILL: HB 996 - 1/12/17 - Capriglione District 98

Relating to the regulation of business entities that provide assistance animals; providing a civil penalty.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 1087 - 1/17/17 - Alvarado District 145

Relating to the creation of the offense of bestiality.

POSITION: Support 

 

BILL: HB 1100 - 1/18/17 - Canales District 40

Relating to the issuance of a permit to host a charity hunt outside the regular hunting season; authorizing the imposition of a fee.

 

BILL: HB 1107 - 1/18/17 - Reynolds District 27

Relating to county regulation of roadside vendors and solicitors.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 1156 - 1/19/17 - Davis District 134

Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating an offense.

POSITION: *THLN PRIORITY LEGISLATION* 

 

BILL: HB 1293 - 1/25/17 - King District 80

Relating to bees, the chief apiary inspector, and the regulation of beekeepers; authorizing fees; requiring an occupational registration; providing a criminal penalty.

 

BILL: HB 1357 - 1/30/17 - Moody District 78

Relating to the prosecution of offenses involving cruelty to animals; increasing a criminal penalty.

COMPANION TO SB 762 (below)

POSITION: *THLN PRIORITY LEGISLATION* 

 

BILL: HB 1375 - 1/31/17 - Davis District 134

Relating to treatment and care provided by licensed medical professionals to animals in certain facilities.

COMPANION TO SB 721 (below)

 

BILL: HB 1916 - Elkins District 135

Relating to the intake and disposition records of animal shelters and releasing agencies.

 

BILL: HB 1961 - 2/15/17 - Miller District 26

Relating to the care and unlawful restraint of a dog.

 

BILL: HB 1984 - 2/16/17 - Burkett District 113

Relating to the quarantine of rabid animals.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 2274 - 2/22/17 - Guillen District 31

Relating to registration and regulation of dangerous wild animals; providing penalties, creating a criminal offense, and authorizing a fee.

COMPANION TO SB 1879 (below)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 2390 - 2/24/17 - Rodriguez District 51

Relating to the medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies.

COMPANION TO SB 1084 (below)

 

BILL: HB 2484 - 2/27/17 - Nevarez District 74

Relating to the licensing and regulation of animal export-import processing facilities; providing penalties; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

COMPANION TO SB 1675 (below)

 

BILL: HB 2490 - 2/27/17 - Minjarez District 124

Relating to the adoption of cats and dogs previously used for research.

COMPANION TO SB 1930 (below)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 2600 - 3/1/17 - Farrar District 148

Relating to the establishment of the Bee Pollinator Goals Task Force to develop and report on statewide pollinator goals.

 

BILL: HB 2805 - 3/3/17 - Price District 87

Relating to the payment of costs for a cruelly treated animal abandoned by a tenant.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 2967 - 3/6/17 - Raymond District 42

Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; authorizing a reduction in fees; providing penalties.

 

BILL: HB 2992 - 3/6/17 - Neave District 107

Relating to assistance animals used by persons with disabilities and to the prosecution of the offense of misrepresenting an animal as an assistance animal.

 

BILL: HB 3079 - 3/7/17 - Uresti District 118

Relating to imposing a tax on animal-tested cosmetics; providing a penalty.

 

BILL: HB 3208 - 3/7/17 - Gonzales District 52

Relating to powers and duties of certain prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances and the regulatory agencies that issue a license, certification, or registration to the prescriber or dispenser, following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

 

BILL: HB 3229 - 3/7/17 - Phelan District 21

Relating to the use of an assistance animal that provides assistance to a person with a disability; providing a criminal penalty.

 

BILL: HB 3392 - 3/8/17 - Keough District 15

Relating to the taking of certain feral hogs using a hot air balloon.

 

BILL: HB 3431 - 3/8/17 - Gooden District 4

Relating to training for peace officers on enforcing the Private Security Act.

 

BILL: HB 3451 - 3/9/17 - Stucky District 64

Relating to the study and approval of lethal pesticides for feral hog control.

COMPANION TO SB 1454 (below)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: HB 3517 - 3/9/17 - Gervin-Hawkins District 120

Relating to a petition for a municipal animal control authority to manage dangerous animals in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the municipality.

 

BILL: HB 3535 - 3/9/17 - Keough District 15

Relating to the taking of certain feral hogs and coyotes using a hot air balloon.

 

BILL: HB 3693 - 3/9/17 - Wilson District 20

Relating to certain defenses to prosecution in a criminal case that are based on a fear of injury by an animal.

 

BILL: HB 3998 - 3/10/17 - Anderson District 56

Relating to the practice of veterinary medicine and the medical treatment and care of animals in animal shelters and releasing agencies; expanding the applicability of an occupational license.

 

BILL: HB 4008 - 3/10/17 - Zedler District 96

Relating to the rights of health care consumers.

 

BILL: HB 4057 - 3/10/17 - Cyrier District 17

Relating to the practice of veterinary medicine and the medical treatment and care of animals in animal shelters and releasing agencies; expanding the applicability of an occupational license.

 

SENATE BILLS 

 

BILL: SB 69 - 11/11/16 - Zaffirini District 21

Relating to civil or criminal liability for leaving certain animals unattended in or removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.
(Dogs in Hot Cars) 

COMPANION TO HB 401 (above)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 188 - 11/14/16 - Uresti District 19

Relating to civil or criminal liability for transporting in, confining in, or removing from a motor vehicle certain animals.
(Dogs in Hot Cars)

 

BILL: SB 210 - 11/14/16 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the required repeal or amendment of two state agency rules before adoption of a new state agency rule that increases costs to regulated persons.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 319 - 3/9/17 - Watson District 14

Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; authorizing a reduction in fees; providing penalties.

COMPANION TO HB 2967 (above)

 

BILL: SB 721 - 2/2/17 - Perry District 28

Relating to treatment and care provided by licensed medical professionals to animals in certain facilities.

COMPANION TO HB 1375 (above)

 

BILL: SB 762 - 2/6/17 - Menendez District 26

Relating to the prosecution of offenses involving cruelty to animals and to the inclusion of related conduct in the definition of family violence; increasing a criminal penalty.

COMPANION TO HB 1357 (above)

POSITION: *THLN PRIORITY LEGISLATION* 

 

BILL: SB 772 - 2/7/17 - Uresti District 19

Relating to the authority of a code enforcement officer when performing official duties to possess or carry an instrument used for deterring the bite of an animal.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1057 - 2/23/17 - West District 23

Relating to inspection of certain vacant properties for abandoned animals; providing a civil penalty.

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1084 - 2/24/17 - Watson District 14

Relating to the medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies.

COMPANION TO HB 2390 (above)

 

BILL: SB 1090 - 2/24/17 - 2/24/17 - Lucio District 27

Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating an offense.

COMPANION TO HB 1156 (above)

POSITION: 

*THLN PRIORITY LEGISLATION* 

 

BILL: SB 1204 - 3/2/17 - Perry District 28

Relating to the punishment for the offense of criminal mischief involving the death of a head of cattle or horses.

 

BILL: SB 1232 - 3/3/17 - Huffman District 17

Relating to the creation of the offense of bestiality.

COMPANION TO HB 1087 (above)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1425 - 3/8/17 - Hancock District 9

Relating to the regulation of business entities that provide assistance animals; providing a civil penalty.

 

BILL: SB 1454 - 3/8/17 - Watson District 14

Relating to the study and approval of lethal pesticides for feral hog control.

COMPANION TO HB 3451 (above)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1675 - 3/9/17 - Lucio District 27

Relating to the licensing and regulation of animal export-import processing facilities; providing penalties; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

COMPANION TO HB 2484 (above)

 

BILL: SB 1792 - 3/9/17 - Menendez District 26

Relating to conditions of community supervision for defendants convicted of certain criminal offenses involving animals.

COMPANION TO HB 162 (above)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1879 - 3/9/17 - Menendez District 26

Relating to registration and regulation of dangerous wild animals; providing penalties, creating a criminal offense, and authorizing a fee.

COMPANION TO HB 2274 (above)

POSITION: Support

 

BILL: SB 1930 - 3/9/17 - West District 23

Relating to the adoption of cats and dogs previously used for research at public institutions of higher education.

COMPANION TO HB 2490 (above)

 

RACING/GAMBLING BILLS

 

BILL: HB 2644 - 3/1/17 - Sanford District 70

Relating to the prohibiting of the use of money in the Texas economic development fund or the Texas Enterprise Fund to finance a facility or establishment at which gambling is to be conducted.

 

BILL: HB 2741 - 3/2/17 - Deshotel District 22

Relating to the operation of a casino gaming in this state by licensed persons in certain areas of this state to provide additional money for residual windstorm insurance coverage in the coastal areas; requiring occupational licenses or certifications; authorizing fees; imposing a tax; creating criminal offenses and providing other penalties.

 

BILL: HB 3925 - 3/10/17 - Kuempel District 44

Relating to the regulation of wagering through telephone, the Internet, or other approved electronic means on horse races and greyhound races under the pari-mutuel system of wagering; requiring a license to operate account wagering; requiring a fee.

 

BILL: HB 3926 - Kuempel District 44

Relating to the regulation of horse racing and greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering in connection with that racing.

 

BILL: HB 4136 - 3/10/17 - Gutierrez District 119

Relating to the operation of casino games at 12 casinos in this state by licensed persons in counties that have approved casino gaming; requiring occupational licenses or certifications; creating criminal offenses and providing other penalties; authorizing fees.

 

BILL: HJR 55 - 1/10/17 - Alvarado District 145

Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the legislature to establish a state gaming commission and to authorize and provide for the regulation of gaming conducted at certain locations in this state, authorizing federally recognized Indian tribes to conduct gaming on certain Indian lands, and requiring the governor to call the legislature into special session to consider gaming legislation.

 

BILL: HJR 59 - 1/19/17 - Nevarez District 74

Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas to conduct gaming by executing a gaming agreement with this state; providing for licensing of persons under the agreement; limiting certain taxes and fees.

 

BILL: SB 1969 - 3/10/17 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the non-substantive revision of the Texas Racing Act, including conforming amendments.

 

BILL: SB 1971 - 3/10/17 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the set aside, collection, and transfer of certain money for the Texas-bred program.

 

BILL: SB 1973 - 3/10/17 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the set aside, collection, and transfer of certain money for the Texas Racing Commission.

 

BILL: SJR 39 - 2/14/17 - Uresti District 39

Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas to conduct gaming by executing a gaming agreement with this state; providing for licensing of persons under the agreement; limiting certain taxes and fees.

 

 

Dates of Interest

85th Legislature

 

Monday,May 8, 2017 (119th day)

Last day for house committees to report house bills and house joint resolutions.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, by 10 p.m. (120th day)

Deadline for the house to distribute its last House Daily Calendar with house bills and house joint resolutions.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, by 9 a.m. (121st day)

Deadline for the house to distribute its last House Local & Consent Calendar with consent house bills.

 

Thursday,May 11, 2017 (122nd day)

Last day for the house to consider house bills and house joint resolutions on 2nd reading on the Daily or Supplemental Calendar.

 

Friday,May 12, 2017 (123rd day)

Last day for the house to consider consent house bills on 2nd and 3rd reading and all 3rd reading house bills or house joint resolutions on the Supplemental Calendar.

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, by 9 a.m. (128th day)

Deadline for house to distribute its last House Local & Consent Calendar with local house bills.

 

Friday,May 19, 2017 (130th day)

Last day for the house to consider local house bills on 2nd and 3rd reading.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 (131st day)

Last day for house committees to report senate bills and senate joint resolutions.

 

Sunday,May 21, 2017, by 10 p.m. (132nd day)

Deadline for the house to distribute its last House Daily Calendar with senate bills and senate joint resolutions.

 

Monday,May 22, 2017, by 9 a.m. (133rd day)

Deadline for the house to distribute its last House Local & Consent Calendar with senate bills.

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (134th day) 

Last day for the house to consider 2nd reading senate bills and senate joint resolutions on the Daily or Supplemental Calendar.

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (135th day)

Last day for the house to consider local and consent senate bills on 2nd and 3rd reading and all 3rd reading senate bills and senate joint resolutions on the Supplemental Calendar - Last day for senate to consider all bills and joint resolutions on 2nd or 3rd reading.

 

Thursday,May 25, 2017, before midnight (136th day)

Deadline for the house to distribute senate amendments.

 

Friday,May 26, 2017 (137th day)

Last day for the house to act on senate amendments (concur or request a conference committee).

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017, before midnight (138th day)

Deadline for the house to distribute house copies of all conference committee reports - Deadline for the senate to print and distribute senate copies of all conference committee reports on bills other than tax, general appropriations, and reapportionment bills and all house amendments to senate bills and joint resolutions that did not go to a conference committee

 

Sunday,May 28, 2017 (139th day)

Last day for the house to adopt conference committee reports or discharge house conferees and concur in senate amendments - Last day for the senate to concur in house amendments or adopt conference committee reports.

 

Monday,May 29, 2017 (140th day)

Last day of 85th Regular Session (sine die); only corrections may be considered in the house and senate - Regular Session Ends.

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017 (20th day following final adjournment of 85th Regular Session)

Last day the governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular session.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017 (91st day following final adjournment of 85th Regular Session)

Date that bills without specific effective dates, other than bills with immediate effect, become law.