House Bill 1293

House Bill 1293 filed to update Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code

Representative Tracy King has sponsored House Bill 1293, to update Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code relating to bees and beekeeping in Texas.

You can read, or download, the entirety of the House Bill 1293 at this link Please note that only those sections of Chapter 131 to be changed are in the bill. You will notice strikethrough writing to indicate those things that will be deleted, and underlined writing indicating the proposed additions.

For the full text of the existing Chapter 131 bee laws in Texas, please go to the Texas Apiary Inspection Service web site as linked.

The process for the legislation is as follows:

  • The bill will now be assigned to a committee and set for a hearing in the assigned House Committee.
  • If the bill passes the House Committee, it will be placed on the calendar for consideration on the floor of the House.
  • If the bill passes the House, it will be transferred to the Senate and assigned to a Senate Committee.
  • If the bill passes the Senate Committee, it will be placed on the calendar for consideration on the floor of the Senate.
  • If the bill passes the Senate with no changes in either committee or on the floor, it will be enrolled and sent to the Governor for signature.
  • If the bill passes the Senate with changes, it will go back to the House, back to the House Committee and back to the House floor for a vote.
  • If passed and signed by Governor Abbot, the new laws will be effective September 1, 2017¬†with certain penalties effective on September 1, 2018

 

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For questions about the proposed legislation please send them to – 131questions@texasbeekeepers.org for a quick response.

 

 


2 Replies to "House Bill 1293"

  • Georgina Chaires Garcia
    February 15, 2017 (3:58 pm)
    Reply

    The current revision does not address the synchronization of Ag exemption for tax
    purpose across the state from one country to another. Will this be addressed?

    • Roger Farr
      February 15, 2017 (8:28 pm)
      Reply

      Georgina,

      The Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 131 deals with bees and honey; HB 1293 will update the bee and beekeeping portion of the code.

      Agricultural tax exemption and the requirements to claim apiculture as an exemption are implemented by the county tax appraisers in Texas. Apiculture was only recently added as an approved exemption, however there is no agreement amongst the counties as to how many hives per acre are required to obtain the exemption.

      There is a separate group working to educate and inform the county tax appraisers. You can find out more on the TBA website at this URL – http://texasbeekeepers.org/ag-valuation/.

      Thanks for your question.

      Regards,

      Roger Farr
      TBA Area Director


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