HBA-JRA H.B. 1732 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1732 By: Crownover Agriculture & Livestock 6/24/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Legislature, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) required all horses changing ownership in Texas to test negative for equine infectious anemia within the previous twelve months, except for horses sold at auction. H.B. 1732 requires an equine animals changing ownership in Texas to have a negative test for equine infectious anemia within the previous twelve months regardless of where or to whom the animal is sold. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter H, Chapter 161, Agriculture Code, by adding Section 161.149, as follows: Sec. 161.149. TEST FOR EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA. Provides that an "equine animal" includes horses, mules, asses, ponies, and other members of the horse family, but not zebras. Provides that a person commits a Class C misdemeanor if the person transfers ownership of an equine animal eight months of age or older that has not tested negative for equine infectious anemia during the twelve months preceding the date of the transfer, unless it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has been previously convicted under this section, in which event it is a Class B misdemeanor. Provides an exception for an equine animal that is a foal being nursed by a dam that has tested negative during the twelve months preceding the date of the transfer and is being transferred with the foal and for an equine animal that is being transferred directly to a slaughter establishment where it will be tested for equine infectious anemia. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.