2021 Legislative Session

Dates of Interest
87th Legislature

Regular Session
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (1st day): 87th Legislature convenes (Sec. 5(a), Article III, Texas Constitution; Sec. 301.001, Government Code)

Friday, March 12, 2021: Deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor.

Monday, May 31, 2021 (140th day): Last day of 87th Regular Session (sine die) (Sec. 24(b), Art. III, Texas Constitution)

87th Legislative Session

Animal Bills THLN is Following

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BILL INFORMATION CHANGES OFTEN DUE TO AMENDMENTS AND OTHER CHANGES AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. 

HOUSE BILLS

BILL: HB 91 - Lucio III District 38

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

COMPANION TO SB 48

BILL: HB 100 - Gervin-Hawkins District 120

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

BILL: HB 121 - Minjarez District 124

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

BILL: HB 279 - Rosenthal District 135

Relating to pet deposits or fees collected by landlords.

BILL: HB 316 - Buckley District 54

Relating to the advertising and labeling of certain meat food products.

BILL: HB 337 - Rosenthal District 135

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

BILL: HB 386 - Pacheco District 118

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

COMPANION TO SB 474 & DUPLICATE TO HB 873

BILL: HB 399 - Shaheen District 66

Relating to a dog's restraint and shelter.

BILL: HB 543 - White District 19

Relating to the regulation of working animals by a political subdivision.

BILL: HB 580 - Lopez District 125

Relating to requiring a consumer warning upon sale of certain household plants that are hazardous when ingested by canines.

BILL: HB 592 - Turner District 101

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for animals adopted from or sold by animal rescue groups.

COMPANION TO SB 227

BILL: HB 604 - Noble, Stucky, Buckley, Thierry, Anderson District 89, 64, 54, 146 & 56

Relating to a microchip scan of animals in the custody of an animal shelter or releasing agency, including an animal rescue organization.

BILL: HB 652 - Paul District 129

Relating to notice of an epizootic infectious disease occurring in an animal shelter.

BILL: HB 674 - Ramos District 102

Relating to informing the public about the availability of provisions in protective orders, including provisions regarding pets and other companion animals.

BILL: HB 685 - VanDeaver District 1

Relating to the creation of a critical care protection program for veterinarian electric customers.

BILL: HB 708 - Shaheen District 66

Relating to creating the criminal offense of possession of an animal by a person who has been previously convicted of an offense involving animal cruelty.

BILL: HB 762 - Israel District 50

Relating to civil liability for removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.

BILL: HB 801 - Cortez District 117

Relating to a certification program for assistance animals; authorizing fees; imposing a civil penalty.

BILL: HB 873 - Collier District 95

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

COMPANION TO SB 474 & DUPLICATE TO HB 386

BILL: HB 1071 - Harris District 8

Relating to the presence of a qualified facility dog or qualified therapy animal in certain court proceedings.

BILL: HB 1083 - King District 61

Relating to termination of the ownership interest in an animal impounded by an animal shelter.

BILL: HB 1480 - Cyrier District 17

Relating to the protection of animal and crop facilities; creating a criminal offense.

COMPANION TO SB 472

BILL: HB 1531 - Reynolds District 27

Relating to regulation by certain counties of roadside or parking lot vendors and solicitors.

BILL: HB 1560 - Goldman District 97

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

COMPANION TO SB 714

BILL: HB 1636 - Sherman, Sr. District 109

Relating to allowing therapy or facility dogs to accompany a child or a person with a disability during testimony in certain criminal cases.

COMPANION TO SB 492

BILL: HB 1677 - Holland District 33

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Police Service Animals Memorial Monument in the Capitol Complex.

BILL: HB 1818 - Patterson District 106

Relating to the source of dogs and cats sold by pet stores; providing a civil penalty.

BILL: HB 1941 - Goodwin District 47

Relating to the use of certain devices to train or control the behavior of an elephant; creating a criminal offense.

BILL: HB 2217 - Price District 87

Relating to the misbranding of certain food.

BILL: HB 2277 - Rogers, Buckley, Price District 60, 54 & 87

Relating to the protection of animal and crop facilities; creating a criminal offense.

BILL: HB 2326 - Frullo District 84

Relating to the possession, transportation, and release of certain nonindigenous snakes; increasing a criminal penalty.

BILL: HB 2510 - Noble District 89

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for animals adopted from or sold by nonprofit animal welfare organizations.

COMPANION TO SB 197

BILL: HB 3057 - Gervin-Hawkins District 120

Relating to the regulation of licensed dog and cat breeders.

BILL: HB 3340 - Swanson District 150

Relating to the appeal of certain orders regarding dangerous dogs.

BILL: HB 3798 - Minjarez District 124

Relating to county and municipal housing authority pet policies.

BILL: HB 4049 - Cyrier District 17

Relating to dangerous wild animals; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.

BILL: HB 4511 - Morales District 74

Relating to the animals classified as dangerous wild animals.

SENATE BILLS

BILL: SB 48 - Zaffirini District 21

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

COMPANION TO HB 91

BILL: SB 197 - Nelson District 12

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for animals adopted from or sold by nonprofit animal welfare organizations.

COMPANION TO HB 2510

BILL: SB 227 - Paxton District 8

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for animals adopted from or sold by animal rescue groups.

COMPANION TO HB 592

BILL: SB 472 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the protection of animal and crop facilities; creating a criminal offense.

COMPANION TO HB 1480 

BILL: SB 474 - Lucio District 27

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

COMPANION TO HB 592 

BILL: SB 492 - West District 23

Relating to allowing therapy or facility dogs to accompany a child or a person with a disability during testimony in certain criminal cases.

COMPANION TO HB 1636

BILL: SB 714 - Buckingham, Hall, Lucio, Paxton District 27, 24, 2 & 8

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

COMPANION TO HB 1560