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Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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The Agriculture and Livestock Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

The committee shall have seven members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • agriculture, horticulture, and farm husbandry;
  • livestock and stock raising, and the livestock industry;
  • the development and preservation of forests, and the regulation, control, and promotion of the lumber industry;
  • problems and issues particularly affecting rural areas of the state, including issues related to rural economic development and the provision of and access to infrastructure, education, and health services; and
  • the following state agencies: the Department of Agriculture, the Texas Animal Health Commission, the State Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Texas Forest Service, the Office of South Central Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, the Offi ce of Chief Apiary Inspector, Texas AgriLife Research, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Food and Fibers Research Council, the State Seed and Plant Board, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, the Produce Recovery Fund Board, the board of directors of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Inc., and the Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Agriculture and Livestock Members, 2013
Democratic members (2)Republican members (5)
Tracy King, ChairCharles Anderson, Vice-chair
Mary E. GonzalezKyle J. Kacal
Tim Kleinschmidt
Drew Springer
James White

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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