Bill Text: TX HB580 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to requiring a consumer warning upon sale of certain household plants that are hazardous when ingested by canines.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-01 - Referred to Agriculture & Livestock [HB580 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB580-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Lopez H.B. No. 580
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to requiring a consumer warning upon sale of certain
  household plants that are hazardous when ingested by canines.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  This Act shall be known as Rudy's Law.
         SECTION 2.  Section 71.057 of the Agriculture Code is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 71.057.  NURSERY DEALERS AND AGENTS; ANNUAL
  REGISTRATION; REQUIRED WARNING TO CONSUMERS.  (a)  A person who buys
  and sells or leases or offers for sale or lease a nursery product
  and who has facilities that maintain or preserve the nursery
  product and prevent that product from becoming dry, infested, or
  diseased is a nursery dealer.
         (b)  A person is a nursery agent if the person sells or
  leases, offers for sale or lease, or takes mail orders for the sale
  or lease of a nursery product and:
               (1)  is entirely under the control of a nursery grower
  or nursery dealer with whom the nursery product offered for sale or
  lease originates; or
               (2)  operates on a cooperative basis for handling a
  nursery product with a nursery grower or nursery dealer.
         (c)  A nursery agent shall possess proper credentials from
  the nursery grower or nursery dealer the agent represents or
  cooperates with. A nursery agent who fails to possess proper
  credentials is subject to this subchapter as a nursery dealer.
         (d)  A nursery dealer or nursery agent must register with the
  department under this section before offering for sale or lease or
  otherwise distributing a nursery product.
         (e)  A nursery dealer or nursery agent may apply for
  registration or renewal of registration by submitting an
  application prescribed by the department and an annual fee. The fee
  shall be the sum of:
               (1)  an amount based on the size and type of a location,
  as defined by department rule, where a nursery dealer or nursery
  agent offers a nursery product for sale or lease; and
               (2)  an optional additional amount equal to 15 percent
  of the amount described by Subdivision (1), to fund the Texas
  nursery and floral account.
         (e-1)  The department shall allow an applicant to elect
  whether to pay the amount described by Subsection (e)(2). An
  applicant is not required to pay that amount to apply for or renew
  registration.
         (f)  Registrations under this section expire one year after
  issuance. A person who fails to submit a renewal fee on or before
  the expiration date of the registration must pay, in addition to the
  renewal fee, the late fee provided by Section 12.024 of this code.
         (g)  Upon receipt of the correct annual registration fee, the
  department shall issue a registration certificate for each location
  a florist or nursery owner has registered.
         (h)  A nursery dealer or nursery agent must include a written
  statement upon the sale of any species of plant containing cycasin,
  warning the end user of such plant that the ingestion of the plant
  by canines can be harmful or fatal.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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