HB 1686 / SB 1062

Bill Information:
HB 1686 (Philip Cortez) https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB1686
SB 1062 (Judith Zaffirini) https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=SB1062
Relating to the regulation of food production on single-family residential lots by a municipality or property owners’ association.

Summary Timeline:
SB 1062 has been introduced by Senator Zaffirini and companion bill HB 1686 has been introduced by Rep. Cortez. TBA was not consulted about this bill prior to filing so we have no additional information. While TBA generally supports and encourages individuals being allowed to safely engage in beekeeping on their property, we are in the process of researching the background and details of the bills and therefore have not taken a position on the bill at this time.

Why it matters to TBA?
TBA is often contacted by municipalities to assist in reasonable ordinances in relation to beekeeping in urban or rural areas. We encourage the responsible keeping of bees throughout the State of Texas and encourage individuals to safely engage in beekeeping on their property.

Additional Resources:
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PR/htm/PR.204.htm