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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

    • Next Review Date: 2020-2021 Review Cycle - 87th Legislative Session
    • Last Review Date: 2006-2007 Review Cycle - 80th Legislative Session

    Sunset Review Documents for 2006-2007 Review Cycle, 80th Legislative Session

    Legislative Documents

    Final Results from Last Sunset Report

    The Texas Animal Health Commission’s (the Commission) mission is to prevent, control, and eradicate disease in Texas livestock and fowl. The Commission protects livestock and fowl from domestic, foreign, and emerging animal diseases; increases the marketability of Texas livestock commodities worldwide; promotes and ensures animal health and productivity; protects human health from animal diseases and conditions that are transmissible to people; and prepares for and responds to emergencies involving animals. The agency operated with a budget of about $14.7 million in fiscal year 2006 and employs 192 staff.

    House Bill 2543 continues the Texas Animal Health Commission and contains all of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations to provide better tools, flexibility, and clear authority for the Commission to adapt to a changing animal health environment. The list below summarizes the major provisions of H.B. 2543.

    • Clarify the Commission’s role in preparing for and responding to natural or man-made emergencies, including a study of the State’s capacity to perform disease testing during emergencies.
    • Clarify the Commission’s authority to address diseases in other species that threaten livestock and fowl.
    • Clarify the Commission’s authority to register feral swine holding facilities and regulate movement of feral swine for disease-control purposes.
    • Establish an agencywide compliance policy and improve public information regarding how to file a complaint with the Commission.
    • Continue the Texas Animal Health Commission for 12 years.
    • Provide public access to Commission meetings.