PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - Texas

39 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 2021 legislative session, 15 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 5/31/2021)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 337

Amends Chapter 823 (Animal Shelters) of TX Health & Safety Code to add releasing agencies to the chapter and to provide intake and disposition recordkeeping requirements for animal shelter and releasing agencies.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 652/SB 276

Amends Chapter 823 (Animal Shelters) of Texas Health & Safety Code by adding a new Section 823.04 (Required Notice of Epizootic Infectious Diseases) to provide requirements for notice of an epizootic infectious disease occurring in an animal shelter.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 708

Amends Chapter 42 (Disorderly Conduct & Related Offenses) of TX Penal Code to create the criminal offense of possession of an animal by a person previously convicted of an offense involving animal cruelty.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1083

Amends Chapter 823 (Animal Shelters) of Texas Health & Safety Code by adding a new Section 823.010 to provide for the termination of ownership interest in an animal impounded by an animal shelter.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1818

Amends Title 6 of Texas Business & Commerce Code by adding a new Chapter 205 (Sale of Dogs and Cats by Pet Stores) to regulate the retail sale and sourcing of dogs and cats by pet stores.

DIED IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

HB 2326/SB 840

Amends Chapter 43 (Licenses & Permits), Section 851 (Permit) of TX Parks & Wildlife Code to provide for the possession, transportation, and release of certain nonindigenous snakes.

ENACTED

HB 3798

Amends Chapter 392 (Housing Authorities Established by Municipalities & Counties) of TX Local Government Code by adding a new Section 392.055 (Pet Ownership Policy) to further provide for county and municipal housing authority pet policies.

DIED ON SENATE CALENDAR

HB 4049

Amends Chapter 822 (Regulation of Animals) of Texas Health & Safety Code by adding a new Subchapter F (Regulation of Dangerous Wild Animals) to provide for registration and regulation of dangerous wild animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 4282

Amends Chapter 42 (Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses) of TX Penal Code by adding two new sections:  1) Creating the criminal offense of possession of an animal by a person convicted of multiple offenses involving animal cruelty; and 2) Providing for conditions of punishment and community supervision for defendants convicted of certain criminal offenses involving animals.

DIED ON HOUSE CALENDAR

REG 2021-001

Proposed TX Dept. of Licensing & Regulations rulemaking to amend Title 16 (Economic Regulation), Chapter 91 (Dog or Cat Breeders Program) of Texas Administrative Code in order to implement the provisions of SB 1531 (enacted in 2019) regarding breeder license renewal, suspension, and revocation.

ADOPTED

SB 323

Amends Chapter 802 (Dog or Cat Breeders) of TX Occupations Code by amending the definition of "dog or cat breeder" to expand the applicability of an occupational license.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

ORD 2276

Amends Chapter 10 (Animals), Article III (Care & Control) of Euless, TX Code of Ordinances by adding a new Section 10-77 (Commerce in Live Cats and Dogs) to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats.

ADOPTED

ORD 2021001

Amends Chapter 6 (Animals) of College Station, TX Code of Ordinance by adding a new Section 6-12 (Sale of Animals) to restrict the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops in the city.

ADOPTED

 

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