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Next Review Date: None
Last Review Cycle: 2002-2003 Review Cycle - 78th Legislative Session
Final Results of Last Sunset Review
The Legislature created the Riding Stables Chapter (the Chapter) in 1989 to promote humane treatment and conditions for horses the public uses in recreational riding and carriage stables. Initially, the Texas Department of Health administered the Chapter, but in 2001, the Legislature transferred the program to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). No staff positions were allotted for the program, however the agency was authorized to retain approximately $30,000 per year in stable licensing fees. The program’s major functions include:
- registration of all stables renting one or more equines for riding or carriage purposes;
- biennial inspections of the condition of facilities and the health of equines; and
- denial, revocation, or suspension of certificates of registration if TAHC finds violations of care and treatment standards.
Senate Bill 271 contains the Sunset Commission’s recommendation to abolish the Riding Stables Chapter, as no significant problems had been identified or addressed in 13 years of regulatory oversight. The 78th Legislature adopted this recommendation without modifications. The major provision of S.B. 271 is listed below.
- Repeal the Riding Stables Chapter, Effective September 1, 2003.