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Relating to the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1514 would create a nine-member Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board for the purpose of assessing the olive and olive oil industry in this state, developing recommendations to promote and expand the industry, obtaining grants and gifts to promote and expand the industry, and considering future industry development. The Department of Agriculture and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have indicated that the provisions of the bill could be implemented with existing resources.
While Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1514 because it will not cost the state money and it does not affect our liberty principles, we note that this legislation does not appear to be necessary. The olive oil industry can independently form an association to assess industry needs and relay those assessments to the Commissioner of Agriculture.