2019 Legislative Session

86th Legislative Special Session

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 91 - 11/12/18 - "Mando" Martinez District 39

Relating to establishment of the disaster identification system for a declared state of disaster.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 135 - 11/12/18 - White District 19

Relating to regulation of working animals by counties and municipalities.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 146 - 11/12/18 - Minjarez District 124

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

COMPANION TO SB 121 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 224 - 11/12/18 - 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.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 226 - 11/12/18 - Krause District 93

Relating to the creation of a commission to review certain penal laws of this state and to make certain recommendations regarding those laws, to criminal offenses previously compiled in statutes outside the Penal Code, to repealing certain of those offenses, and to conforming punishments for certain of those offenses to the penalty structure provided in the Penal Code; increasing the punishment for the criminal offenses of sedition, sabotage, and capital sabotage; imposing a civil penalty.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 250 - 11/12/18 - Farrar District 148

Relating to attorney's fees associated with certain court proceedings for cruelly treated animals; authorizing fees and costs.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 334 - 11/13/18 - Nevarez District 74

Relating to the classification of exotic and nongame animals.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 810- 1/14/19 - Israel District 50

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

COMPANION TO SB 250 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 921 - 1/18/19 - Rosenthal District 135

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 940 - 1/18/19 - S. Davis District 134

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

COMPANION TO SB 295 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 972 - 1/22/19 - Bidermann District 73

Relating to repealing the authority of a county to regulate hunting with bows and arrows in certain subdivisions.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1097 - 1/25/19 - Capriglione District 98

Relating to certain contracts for the transfer of a pet.

COMPANION TO SB 361 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1099 - 1/25/19 - Guillen District 31

Relating to peace officers commissioned by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1268 - 1/31/19 - Lucio, III District 38

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

COMPANION TO SB 641 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1451 - 2/6/19 - Phil King District 61

Relating to peace officers commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for disaster response.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1563 - 2/11/19 - Nevarez District 74

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1592 - 2/11/19 - Smithee District 86

Relating to health care professional liability coverage for certain public institutions of higher education.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 1801 - 2/14/19 - Goldman District 97

Relating to requirements for and municipal regulation of dogs in an outdoor dining area of a food service establishment.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1814 - 2/14/19 - Reynolds District 27

Relating to county regulation of roadside vendors and solicitors.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1828 - 2/14/19 - Martinez District 39

Relating to prohibiting the sale and purchase of certain aquatic products; creating a criminal offense; increasing a criminal penalty.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 1851 - 2/14/19 - Springer District 68

Relating to the requirement that the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners provide a copy of a complaint to the subject of the complaint.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1896 - 2/15/19 - Phelan District 21

Relating to the applicability of the requirements relating to the adoption of a new state agency rule by the Parks and Wildlife Department.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 1931 - 2/19/19 - Kacal, et al District 12

Relating to the liability of volunteer certified veterinary assistants, licensed veterinary technicians, or veterinarians who provide medical assistance to an injured animal in certain situations.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2012 - 2/19/19 - Lucio, III District 38

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

COMPANION TO SB 804 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2022 - 2/19/19 - Meza District 105

Relating to a public school student's right not to participate in or observe animal research.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2233 - 2/22/19 - HB White District 19

Relating to the eligibility for certain occupational licenses and the use of a person's criminal history as grounds for certain actions related to the license.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2277 - 2/22/19 - Zwiener District 45

Relating to requirements for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2344 - 2/25/19 - Dutton District 142

Relating to evidence sufficient for the issuance of a stalking protective order.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2347 - 2/25/19 - Noble District 89

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

COMPANION TO SB 1855 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2385 - 2/25/19 - Leach District 67

Relating to a dog's restraint and shelter.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2393 - 2/25/19 - Burrows District 83

Relating to permitting a hunter education component as part of a school district's physical education curriculum offered to certain students.

COMPANION TO SB 2183 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2402 - 2/25/19 - Geren District 99

Relating to the eligibility of certain events to receive funding through the Major Events Reimbursement Program.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 2463 - 2/26/19 - Tracy King District 80

Relating to the deposit and allocation of certain funds to the horse industry escrow account.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 2516 - 2/26/19 - Ramos District 102

Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of cruelty to non-livestock animals and to the inclusion of related conduct in the definition of family violence.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2517 - 2/26/19 - Romero, Jr. District 90

Relating to transporting dogs in open truck or trailer beds in certain counties.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2584 - 2/27/19 - Cortez District 117

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

COMPANION TO SB 684 (below)

COMPANION TO SB 764 (below)

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 2596 - 2/27/19 - White District 19

Relating to the regulation of raising or keeping six or fewer chickens by a political subdivision.

COMPANION TO SB 86 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2683 - 2/27/19 - Geren District 99

Relating to the transfer or sale of a law enforcement dog to a peace officer, an honorably retired peace officer, or a survivor of a deceased peace officer.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2721 - 2/28/19 - Reynolds District 27

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2722 - 2/28/19 - Reynolds District 27

Relating to the trap, sterilize, and release program for stray cats in certain counties.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2787 - 2/28/19 - Springer District 68

Relating to certain confidential or privileged information related to veterinary care or treatment.

COMPANION TO SB 1750 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 2828 - 3/1/19 - King, Phil District 61

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.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 2891 - 3/1/19 - White District 19

Relating to recovery of attorney's fees against veterinarians for certain claims.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3021 - 3/4/19 - Ramos District 102

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3061 - 3/4/19 - Ramos District 102

Relating to an interim study regarding the method by which certain trial and appellate judges are selected.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3063 - 3/4/19 - Smithee District 86

Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.

COMPANION TO SB 2100 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3092 - 3/4/19 - Paul District 129

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3181 - 3/5/19 - Bailes District 18

Relating to the use of certain drugs in breeding stock by or on the prescription of a veterinarian.

COMPANION TO SB 1596 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3284 - 3/5/19 - Sheffield District 59

Relating to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances and monitoring the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances under the Texas Controlled Substances Act; providing for administrative penalties.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 3430 - 3/6/19 - Hunter District 32

Relating to the transfer of a retired county law enforcement dog.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3494 - 3/6/19 - Cole District 46

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of operation of an unmanned aircraft over certain facilities and to the regulation of unmanned aircraft by certain political subdivisions.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3550 - 3/6/19 - Cryier District 17

Relating to the taking of feral hogs without a hunting license.

COMPANION TO SB 317 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3559 - 3/6/19 - Farrar District 148

Relating to prohibiting the use of certain substances to take nongame wildlife; creating a criminal offense.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3729 - 3/7/19 - 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.

COMPANION TO SB 2006 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3799 - 3/7/19 - Buckley District 54

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

COMPANION TO SB 2035 (below)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3806 - 3/7/19 - Springer District 68

Relating to veterinary services provided by releasing agencies.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3840 - 3/7/19 - Capriglione District 98

Relating to the regulation of individuals or business entities that provide or train assistance animals for veterans; providing a civil penalty.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3900 - 3/7/19 - Farrar District 148

Relating to increasing the criminal penalty of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 3940 - 3/7/19 - Shaheen District 66

Relating to a dog's restraint and shelter.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 4316 - 3/8/19 - Meyer District 108

Relating to a dog's restraint and shelter.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 4547 - 3/8/19 - Wray District 10

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HR 583 - 2/22/19 - Morrison District 30

Honoring Refugio County rancher and dog trainer Joe Braman for his contributions to rhinoceros conservation efforts in South Africa.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HCR 61 - 2/11/19 - Guillen District 31

Urging Congress to pass the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HCR 77 - 2/22/19 - Dominguez District 37

Designating rescue shelter cats and dogs as the official state pets of Texas.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HJR 74 - 2/14/19 - Tinderholt District 94

Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of an animal used for county purposes to the animal's handler on the animal's retirement.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HJR 96 - 3/1/19 - Tinderholt District 94

Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.

STATUS: FAILED

 

SENATE BILLS 

 

BILL: SB 86 - 11/12/18 - Hall District 2

Relating to the regulation of raising or keeping six or fewer chickens by a political subdivision.

COMPANION TO HB 2596 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 121 - 11/12/18 - West District 23

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

COMPANION TO HB 146 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 250 - 12/17/18 - Zaffirini District 21

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

COMPANION TO HB 810 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 295 - 1/3/19 - Lucio District 27

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

Adequate Restraint & Shelter Bill

COMPANION TO HB 940 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 317 - 1/7/19 - Hughes District 1

Relating to the taking of feral hogs without a hunting license.

COMPANION TO HB 3550 (above)

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: SB 361 - 1/15/19 - Huffman District 17

Relating to certain contracts for the transfer of a pet.

Pet Leasing Bill

COMPANION TO HB 1097 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 641 - 2/5/19 - Huffman District 17

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

COMPANION TO HB 1268 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 764 - 2/12/19 - Menendez District 26

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

COMPANION TO HB 2584 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 804 - 2/12/19 - Rodriguez District 29 

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

COMPANION TO HB 2012 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 949 - 2/21/19 - Kolkhorst District 18

Relating to the game animal meat safety task force.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1589 - 3/5/19 - Creighton District 4

Relating to the recovery of attorney's fees in cases involving veterinary malpractice or negligence.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1596 - 3/6/19 - Hall District 2

Relating to the use of certain drugs in breeding stock by or on the prescription of a veterinarian.

COMPANION TO HB 3181 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1607 - 3/6/19 - Hall District 2

Relating to a study on issues regarding service animals.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1750 - 3/6/19 - Seliger District 

Relating to certain confidential or privileged information related to veterinary care or treatment.

COMPANION TO HB 2787 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1855 - 3/7/19 - Paxton District 8

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

COMPANION TO HB 2347 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1884 - 3/7/19 - Kolkhorst District 18 

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1901 - 3/7/19 - Fallon District 30

Relating to the encouragement of intra-state commerce

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 1947 - 3/7/19 - Watson District 14 

Relating to monitoring the ordering and distribution of controlled substances by veterinarians.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: SB 2006 - 3/7/19 - Lucio District 27

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.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 2035 - 3/8/19 - Hall District 2

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

COMPANION TO HB 3799 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 2100 - 3/7/19 - Birdwell / Nelson District 22/12

Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.

COMPANION TO HB 3063 (above)

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: SB 2182 - 3/8/19 - Nelson District 12

Relating to the eligibility of certain events for funding under the Major Events Reimbursement Program.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SB 2183 - 3/8/19 - Perry District 28

Relating to permitting a hunter education component as part of a school district's physical education curriculum offered to certain students.

COMPANION TO HB 2393 (above)

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SJR 32 - 1/25/19 - Birdwell/Nelson District 22/12

Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a dog used for county law enforcement purposes to the dog's handler on the dog's retirement.

STATUS: PASSED PENDING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT VOTE

 

RACING/GAMBLING BILLS 

BILL: HB 494 - 12/7/18 - Deshotel District 22

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1129 - 1/28/19 - Sanford District 70

Relating to prohibiting 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.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HB 1995 - 2/19/19 - Tracy King District 80

Relating to the distribution to the Texas Racing Commission of certain money deducted from simulcast pari-mutuel pools.

STATUS: PASSED

 

BILL: HB 3043 - 3/4/19 - Gutierrez District 119

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

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: HJR 68 - 2/8/19 - 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.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SJR 41 - 2/19/19 - Menendez District 26

Proposing a constitutional amendment creating the Texas Gaming Commission and authorizing and regulating the operation of casino games and slot machines by a limited number of licensed owners and certain Indian tribes to provide money for the foundation school fund and additional financial aid for higher education students; authorizing fees; imposing a tax.

STATUS: FAILED

 

BILL: SJR 42 - 2/21/19 - Alvarado District 6

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the operation of casino gaming by licensed persons at nine locations in this state to provide additional money for the permanent school fund and authorizing federally recognized Indian tribes to conduct gaming on certain Indian lands; providing for the requirement of occupational licenses, the authorization of a tax and fees, and the provision of criminal penalties.

STATUS: FAILED

 

 

Dates of Interest

86th Legislature

 

 

Monday, May 27, 2019 (140th day)

Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die)

 

Interim

Sunday, June 16, 2019 (20th day following final adjournment of 86th Legislature, Regular Session)

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

 

Monday, August 26, 2019 (91st day following final adjournment of 86th Legislature, Regular Session)

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