HJR 96

86(R) - 2019
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Tony Tinderholt
Charlie Geren
Celia Israel
Poncho Nevarez
John Smithee


Briscoe Cain
Gina Calanni
John Cyrier
Matt Krause
Mike Lang
Mayes Middleton
Jonathan Stickland
Valoree Swanson
Terry Wilson
Bill Zedler

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.

Fiscal Notes

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.

Bill Analysis

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. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

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.

Organizations Supporting

Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Texas Municipal League