HB 862 / SB 682

Bill Information:
HB 862 (Ramon Ramero, Jr.) https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB862
SB 682 (Cesar Blanco) https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=SB682
Relating to the regulation of migrant labor housing facilities.

Timeline:
HB 862 filed by Rep. Romero, Jr. and SB 682 filed by Senator Blanco are similar bills dealing with the regulation of migrant labor housing facilities. Some of the larger beekeeping operations in Texas hire seasonal workers under H-2A visas. These beekeepers provide federally inspected housing for their workers. We have spoken with Rep. Romero and Senator Blanco to express concerns about Texas requiring registration and inspection in addition to the federal oversight.

Why it matters to TBA?
Some commercial & migratory beekeepers in Texas hire seasonal workers under H-2A visas. These beekeepers provide federally inspected housing for their workers.

Additional Resources:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/agriculture/h2a