82R110 RWG-D
  By: Miller of Erath H.B. No. 334
  relating to the establishment of the Texas Livestock Care Standards
  Advisory Committee.
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle B, Title 6, Agriculture Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 153 to read as follows:
         Sec. 153.001.  PURPOSE. The purpose of the Texas Livestock
  Care Standards Advisory Committee is to develop standards governing
  the care and well-being of livestock and poultry.
         Sec. 153.002.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "committee"
  means the Texas Livestock Care Standards Advisory Committee.
         Sec. 153.003.  ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. To the extent
  resources are available, the department shall:
               (1)  provide administrative support, including staff,
  to the committee; and
               (2)  publish and distribute information related to
  livestock and poultry care, including educational materials, to
  livestock and poultry producers and members of the public.
         Sec. 153.004.  COMPOSITION. (a) The Texas Livestock Care
  Standards Advisory Committee is composed of the following 16
               (1)  the commissioner, who serves as chair of the
  committee; and
               (2)  15 members appointed by the governor, composed of
  the following:
                     (A)  three family farmers;
                     (B)  two veterinarians;
                     (C)  a food safety expert;
                     (D)  a representative of a local humane society;
                     (E)  two members representing statewide farm
                     (F)  the dean of a Texas agriculture college;
                     (G)  two members representing Texas consumers;
                     (H)  three members from the agriculture industry.
         (b)  The 15 appointed members serve two-year terms.
         (c)  The governor shall fill any vacancy in an appointed
  position for the remainder of the unexpired term.
         (d)  Appointments to the committee must be made without
  regard to the race, color, disability, sex, religion, age, or
  national origin of the appointees.
         Sec. 153.005.  REMOVAL OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS. (a) A member of
  the committee may be removed from the committee if the member:
               (1)  is not able to devote the time necessary to perform
  the member's duties as a member;
               (2)  cannot because of illness or disability discharge
  the member's duties or cannot discharge those duties for a
  substantial part of the term for which the member is appointed; or
               (3)  is absent from more than half of the regularly
  scheduled committee meetings that the member is eligible to attend
  during a calendar year, unless the absence is excused by a majority
  vote of the committee.
         (b)  An action of the committee is not invalid because a
  ground for removal of a committee member exists at the time the
  action is taken.
         (c)  If the commissioner has knowledge that a potential
  ground for removal of a committee member exists, the commissioner
  shall notify the governor and attorney general of the potential
  ground for removal.
         Sec. 153.006.  DUTIES OF COMMITTEE. (a) The committee shall
  research and develop standards governing livestock and poultry
  care, food safety, local food availability, food affordability, and
  best farm management practices for animal well-being. In developing
  those standards, the committee shall consider the following
               (1)  the prevention of disease;
               (2)  farm biosecurity;
               (3)  food safety;
               (4)  food production;
               (5)  generally accepted veterinary practices,
  livestock and poultry practice standards, and ethical standards
  established by the American Veterinary Medical Association; and
               (6)  any other factors that the committee considers
  necessary for the proper care and well-being of livestock and
  poultry in this state.
         (b)  The committee shall meet regularly as necessary at the
  call of the commissioner to advise the department of its findings.
         (c)  To the extent resources are available, the department
  shall adopt and enforce the standards.
         Sec. 153.007.  REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES. A committee
  member may not receive compensation for service on the committee.
  Subject to availability of funds, a committee member may receive
  reimbursement for the actual and necessary expenses incurred while
  conducting committee business.
         Sec. 153.008.  APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAW. Chapter 2110,
  Government Code, does not apply to the committee.
         SECTION 2.  (a) As soon as practicable after the effective
  date of this Act, the governor shall appoint the members of the
  Texas Livestock Care Standards Advisory Committee established by
  Section 153.004, Agriculture Code, as added by this Act.
         (b)  Not later than the 30th day after the date the final
  member is appointed to the Texas Livestock Care Standards Advisory
  Committee, the commissioner of agriculture shall call the first
  meeting of the committee.
         SECTION 3.  This Act does not make an appropriation. A
  provision in this Act that creates a new governmental program,
  creates a new entitlement, or imposes a new duty on a governmental
  entity is not mandatory during a fiscal period for which the
  legislature has not made a specific appropriation to implement the
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.