S.B. 970 78(R)    BILL ANALYSIS

S.B. 970
By: Shapleigh
Agriculture & Livestock
Committee Report (Unamended)


Currently, the West Texas desert area is a prime target for the illegal
harvesting of cacti and other succulents, which may damage the desert
ecosystem if certain actions are not taken.  S.B. 970 directs the Texas
Department of Agriculture to administer and adopt rules necessary to
enforce a system of inspections to ensure that each desert plant sold in
or leaving Texas has been legally harvested. 


It is the committee's opinion that rulemaking authority is expressly
granted to the Texas Department of Agriculture in SECTION  1, Sec.
122.002, of this bill. 


S.B. 970 requires growers or harvesters of desert plants to register with
the Department of Agriculture (TDA).  TDA is required to administer and
adopt rules necessary for enforcement of registration requirements.  TDA
may charge a fee for providing an identification mark for the desert
plants.  TDA may issue and enforce a stop-sale order to stop the sale of
unmarked desert plants.  The bill establishes penalties if a person
advertises, sells, or ships unmarked desert plants. 


January 1, 2004.