By Berlanga H.B. No. 1630
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the requirements for certain agricultural fences.
1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-4 SECTION 1. Section 143.028(b), Agriculture Code, is amended
1-5 to read as follows:
1-6 (b) In order to be sufficient, a fence must be built and
1-7 maintained according to generally accepted agricultural practices
1-8 for the purpose of keeping animals out of a tract of land [
1-9 least four feet high and comply with the following requirements:]
1-10 [ (1) a barbed wire fence must consist of three wires
1-11 on posts no more than 30 feet apart, with one or more stays between
1-12 every two posts;]
1-13 [ (2) a picket fence must consist of pickets that are
1-14 not more than six inches apart;]
1-15 [ (3) a board fence must consist of three boards not
1-16 less than five inches wide and one inch thick; and]
1-17 [ (4) a rail fence must consist of four rails].
1-18 SECTION 2. Section 143.028(c), Agriculture Code, is
1-20 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.
1-21 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the
1-22 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
1-23 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
1-24 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-1 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.