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House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Harvey Hilderbran, Chair
Edmund Kuempel, Vice Chair
Dawnna Dukes, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Mark Homer
Donna Howard
Mike O'Day
Larry Phillips
Charges
• (a) Conduct a study to determine whether this state should permit the possession of nonindigenous venomous snakes and nonindigenous constrictors as provided by Subchapter V, Chapter 43, Parks and Wildlife Code, as added by this Act. [ HB 12, 80th Legislature, Regular Session. ]
(b) The study must include:
(1) a comparison of laws regulating nonindigenous snakes in other states;
(2) alternative methods of regulating the possession of nonindigenous snakes;
(3) the economic, environmental, and other effects of allowing nonindigenous snakes to be held in the state, including:
(A) the potential to harbor and spread diseases
or parasites, or other adverse effects; and
(B) the economic and other benefits to this state
that may be obtained by regulating the trade in nonindigenous
snakes; and
(4) other related matters the committee finds useful. (c) Not later than November 1, 2008, the committee shall report its findings to the governor, the executive directors of the Parks and Wildlife Department, and each member of the committee.
• Review the rules, regulations, operations, programs, management, and statutes that govern the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
• Review the transfer of historical sites to the Texas Historical Commission from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
• Examine the process and procedures for directional signs as they relate to tourism.
• Review the process and procedures related to use of open space land owned by the state as they relate to hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
• Research and explore new ways to promote and improve economic development related tourism in the state.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Note:
The charge regarding nonindigenous venomous snakes and nonindigenous constrictors was added by section 54, HB 12 80th R.S.
Other charges issued by the Speaker November 28, 2007.

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