HB 3707

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

Vote Recommendation

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Tracy King

Bill Caption

Relating to an inspection program to deter cattle theft; authorizing an administrative penalty; authorizing an assessment.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current federal law, industry associations possess the authority to conduct inspection programs. HB 3707 would require the Department of Agriculture to establish a cattle inspection program to discourage and investigate property crimes upon request by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and if a similar federal program is being suspended or dissolved. Special rangers would conduct inspections and assessments would be imposed against inspected private entities to cover costs. Assessments would be paid to the Cattle Raisers Association and would not be considered state funds.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While this bill only continues existing authority contingent on deauthorization under federal law, this bill infringes on the principle of limited government by authorizing the creation of an inspection program administered by a specific industry association applicable to industry participants, including non-members. Because this would use state authority to enable a private association to perform mandatory regulatory functions, we oppose HB 3707.

Organizations Supporting

Prosperity Bank
Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Organizations Opposed

Livestock Marketing Association of Texas