Bill Text: TX SB360 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat.

Status: (Passed) 2013-05-10 - Effective immediately [SB360 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-SB360-Enrolled.html
 
 
  S.B. No. 360
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or
  cat.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 821.051, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subdivisions (3) and (4) and adding Subdivision
  (5) to read as follows:
               (3)  "Board" means the executive commissioner [Texas
  Board of Health].
               (4)  "Department" means the [Texas] Department of State 
  Health Services.
               (5)  "Executive commissioner" means the executive
  commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (a), Section 821.052, Health and
  Safety Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person may euthanize a dog or cat in the custody of an
  animal shelter only by administering sodium pentobarbital [or
  commercially compressed carbon monoxide].
         SECTION 3.  Section 821.054, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 821.054.  REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF COMMERCIALLY
  COMPRESSED CARBON MONOXIDE. (a)  The executive commissioner 
  [board] by rule shall establish:
               (1)  standards for a carbon monoxide chamber used to
  euthanize an animal to which Section 821.052(b) applies [in the
  custody of an animal shelter]; and
               (2)  requirements and procedures for administering
  commercially compressed carbon monoxide to euthanize an animal to
  which Section 821.052(b) applies [in the custody of an animal
  shelter].
         (b)  A person administering commercially compressed carbon
  monoxide to euthanize an animal to which Section 821.052(b) applies 
  [in the custody of an animal shelter]:
               (1)  may use only a carbon monoxide chamber that meets
  the standards established by department [board] rule; and
               (2)  may administer the commercially compressed carbon
  monoxide only in accordance with the requirements and procedures
  established by department [board] rule.
         SECTION 4.  Not later than December 1, 2013, the executive
  commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission shall
  adopt rules necessary to conform to Subsection (a), Section
  821.052, and Section 821.054, Health and Safety Code, as amended by
  this Act.
         SECTION 5.  A person subject to Subsection (a), Section
  821.052, Health and Safety Code, as amended by this Act, is not
  required to comply with that subsection or any rules adopted under
  that subsection until January 1, 2014.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 360 passed the Senate on
  March 27, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 360 passed the House on
  April 26, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor
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