HBA-TYH S.B. 1842 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1842 By: Cain Licensing & Administrative Procedures 5/14/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, most stallions in Texas do not have the breeding credentials that leading stallions in other states have. A foal that is conceived out-of-state by a Texas mare is required to be birthed and bred in Texas under an accredited Texas-bred stallion in order for the foal to retain its Texas-bred accreditation. The Texas thoroughbred foal crop has declined by over 25 percent in the last four years for reasons such as mare exodus and concerns about "breeding down" with Texas stallions and losing value. S.B. 1842 deletes the definition of "Texas-bred horse" and defines the terms "Texasbred quarter horse" and "Texas-bred thoroughbred." 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 Section 1.03(21), Article 179e, V.T.C.S. (Texas Racing Act), to delete the term "Texas-bred horse" and replace it with "Texas-bred quarter horse," and provide that the existing definition for "Texas-bred horse" applies to a "Texas-bred quarter horse" and all breeds other than thoroughbreds. Defines "Texas-bred thoroughbred," as a horse that is foaled by a mare in Texas. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: 90 days after adjournment.