Summary of Existing Bee Laws and Benefits of HB 1293

Summary of Existing Bee Laws and Benefits of HB 1293

Fellow beekeepers,

The two documents linked in this post may help you see the advantages of HB 1293 to update the Texas bee laws, laws that have not been updated since 1983.



In the proposed legislation, HB 1293, there are provisions to benefit all Texas beekeepers, hobbyist, sideliner, and commercial.

TBA, as the voice of Texas beekeeping, takes that responsibility seriously. This is why a committee of approximately 30 beekeepers worked for over six months to develop legislation that would not only protect the Texas beekeeping industry but also to give the Texas Apiary Inspection Service real tools to assist Texas beekeepers.

We welcome your comments and questions!

Later this week, we’ll post a compilation of frequently asked questions on HB 1293.

TBA thanks all Texas beekeepers for their interest and support of HB 1293 for the betterment of beekeeping in our great state!

Please e-mail your questions to “”.


Roger Farr

TBA Area Director

4 Replies to "Summary of Existing Bee Laws and Benefits of HB 1293"

  • Michelle
    February 15, 2017 (3:08 pm)

    Hello, I was wondering if there was a specific type of bee the apiary inspector is interested in destroying and if so can we list the specific sp. of bee; such as a carpenter bee, which can do damage to structures. Instead of giving cart blanche to come in and destroy bees. They don’t have the staff nor funding to check all the interstate traffic let alone individual apiaries. Just a curious hobby beek.

    • Roger Farr
      February 15, 2017 (8:17 pm)


      Good question. The “unwanted species of bee” language is in HB 1293 to give the Chief Apiary Inspector the power he/she needs to protect the beekeeping industry in Texas. Apis mellifera capensis would be an example of an unwanted species of bee. You can read more about the problems this bee would cause to Texas beekeeping at this url –

      The bill is not specific to a particular species or sub-species of bee so that new legislation is not required every time a new unwanted species of bee presents a threat to Texas beekeeping.

      The Chief Apiary Inspector has a legal duty to protect the beekeeping industry and needs tools to properly accomplish that mission. His actions and decisions are accountable to the Director of Texas A&M Research and in some areas to the beekeeping industry itself.

      Thanks for your question!


      Roger Farr
      TBA Area Director

  • Donovan Johns
    February 18, 2017 (12:37 pm)

    What interests do the 30 beeks represent? I’d like to know each one and what are they trying accomplish. This doesn’t seem positive to me, I try to stay away from conspiracy theories but this seems like you don’t want more beeks keeping more bees. It is very hard financially to start a business dealing with honey and bees and existing regulations. Is the dirty thirty trying to weed out produces of bees , how are out of state nuc producers going to be affected?

  • Donovan Johns
    February 18, 2017 (12:55 pm)

    I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said dirty thirty, I am a bit frustrated at the thought of more fees, I also feel that the certain organism that is deleterious should be specified if there is a law to be made on it. This is an inflammatory issue, I do not recall ever receiving a poll for what this legislation is about.