HB 2484

85(R) - 2017
House Agriculture & Livestock
House Agriculture & Livestock
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Poncho Nevarez

Bill Caption

Relating to the licensing and regulation of animal export-import processing facilities; providing penalties; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

Fiscal Notes

An impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HB 2484 would create a new occupational regulation requiring a state license to operate animal export-import processing facilities. Standards to acquire, renew, and maintain a license would be established, fees would be charged for application and renewal, a schedule of sanctions for violations would be adopted, and administrative penalties of as much as $5,000 would be used to enforce rules.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill infringes on the principle of limited government and the free market by requiring an animal export-import facility to be licensed by the state before it can be legally operated. It is not the role of the state to micromanage and penalize animal trade facilities, particularly when this activity is already covered by federal law. For this reason, we oppose HB 2484.