83R7171 BEF-F
  By: Schwertner S.B. No. 1233
  relating to a state animal identification program and the
  identification of animals vaccinated for or infected with
         SECTION 1.  Sections 161.056(a) and (c), Agriculture Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  In order to provide for disease control and enhance the
  ability to trace disease-infected animals or animals that have been
  exposed to disease, the commission may develop and implement a
  state [an] animal identification program for a species that is no
  more stringent than the federal animal disease traceability or
  animal identification program for that species [consistent with the
  United States Department of Agriculture's National Animal
  Identification System].
         (c)  The commission may require the use of official
  identification numbers assigned as part of the state animal
  identification program [for animal disease control, animal
  emergency management, and other commission programs].
         SECTION 2.  Section 163.064(c), Agriculture Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  The commission may by rule regulate and require the
  vaccination of female cattle within all or any of the area
  classifications. Among other rules, the commission may adopt rules
  providing for:
               (1)  the identification of cattle to be vaccinated
  consistent with Section 161.056;
               (2)  approval of the vaccine used; and
               (3)  the method of administering the vaccine.
         SECTION 3.  Section 163.065(a), Agriculture Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  If a tested animal shows evidence of infection with
  brucellosis, the person performing the test shall handle the animal
  in accordance with the rules of the commission. The commission may
  prescribe requirements according to the classification of the area
  in which the animal is located. Among other requirements, the
  commission may require the person performing the test to:
               (1)  furnish the owner of the animal with written data
  showing that the animal is infected;
               (2)  fire brand the animal on the left jaw with the
  letter "B"; and
               (3)  place an approved, numbered identification on the
  animal consistent with Section 161.056[; and
               [(4)     report the identification number in writing to
  the commission].
         SECTION 4.  Sections 161.056(b), (d), (g), and (h),
  Agriculture Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 5.  (a)  The repeal by this Act of Section
  161.056(g), Agriculture Code, does not apply to an offense
  committed under that subsection before the effective date of this
  Act.  For purposes of this section, an offense is committed before
  the effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurs
  before that date.
         (b)  An offense committed before the effective date of this
  Act is governed by Section 161.056(g), Agriculture Code, as it
  existed when the offense was committed, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.