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Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated, other than the cost of publication.
The cost to the state for publication of the resolution is $177,289.
HJR 96 would amend the Texas Constitution to allow a political subdivision to transfer a law enforcement animal, such as a dog or horse, to the animal's handler or other qualified caretaker on the animal's retirement or if it is in the best interests of the animal.
Texas Action supports HJR 96 because it advances the principle of limited government by providing for a common-sense solution for the retirement of animals used for law enforcement purposes. Counties are now unnecessarily restrained in their options for dealing with such situations.