Bill Text: TX SB743 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-20 - Received from the Senate [SB743 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB743-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Hall, et al. S.B. No. 743
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Title 3, Agriculture Code, is amended by adding
  Chapter 50D to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 50D.  TEXAS OLIVE OIL INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD
         Sec. 50D.001.  DEFINITION. In this chapter, "board" means
  the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board.
         Sec. 50D.002.  BOARD.  (a)  The board is composed of the
  following nine members appointed by the commissioner:
               (1)  five members who are olive growers, one of whom
  represents each of the five established olive-growing regions of
  the state as determined by the commissioner;
               (2)  one representative of infrastructure who is
  engaged in harvesting, milling, or agritourism;
               (3)  one researcher or educator who is employed by an
  institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003,
  Education Code;
               (4)  one representative from the Texas A&M AgriLife
  Extension Service; and
               (5)  one representative from the department.
         (b)  The board shall elect a presiding officer from among its
  members.
         (c)  Members of the board serve staggered six-year terms,
  with the terms of three members expiring on February 1 of each
  odd-numbered year.  Members may be reappointed at the end of a term.
         (d)  Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the
  size, composition, or duration of the board.
         (e)  Service on the board by a state officer or employee is an
  additional duty of the member's office or employment.  Members of
  the board are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement of
  expenses.
         (f)  The board may accept gifts and grants from any source to
  be used to carry out a function of the board.
         Sec. 50D.003.  DUTIES. The board shall:
               (1)  assist the department in:
                     (A)  assessing the state of the olive and olive
  oil industry in this state;
                     (B)  developing recommendations to the
  commissioner and the legislature to promote and expand the olive
  and olive oil industry in this state;
                     (C)  identifying and obtaining grants and gifts to
  promote and expand the olive and olive oil industry in this state;
  and
                     (D)  developing a long-term vision and marketable
  identity for the olive and olive oil industry in this state that
  take into consideration future industry development, funding,
  research, educational programming, risk management, and marketing;
  and
               (2)  review and provide guidance on rules impacting the
  olive and olive oil industry in this state.
         Sec. 50D.004.  MEETINGS. The board shall meet twice each
  year and may meet at other times considered necessary by the
  commissioner.
         Sec. 50D.005.  STAFF. The board is administratively
  attached to the department.  The department shall provide the board
  with the staff necessary to carry out the board's duties under this
  chapter.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the commissioner of agriculture shall appoint the
  members of the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board as provided
  by Chapter 50D, Agriculture Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2019.
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