The Subcommittee shall:
- Study current efforts for the early detection, exclusion, and treatment of diseased plants and animals. The Subcommittee shall assess the need for regulatory and programmatic changes to address this problem.
- Monitor the development of the 2002 Federal Farm Bill and its impact on Texas. The Subcommittee should assess the need for changes in state law or policies necessary to comply with and benefit from the federal legislation.
- Study the efficiency, implementation and funding of the Fire Ant Research and Management Account Advisory Committee at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station for the eradication of fire ants. The Subcommittee shall evaluate state entities currently charged to combat the fire ant problem and make recommendations necessary to ensure a coordinated response.
The Subcommittee shall submit copies of its final report as soon as possible, but no later than November 15, 2002. This date will allow the findings of the Subcommittee to be considered when the Legislative Budget Board is developing performance and budget recommendations to the 78th Legislature. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Senate, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.
The final report of the Subcommittee shall be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Subcommittee and the Natural Resources Committee and include any recommended statutory changes. Draft legislation containing recommended statutory changes should be attached to the report. Recommended agency rule changes should also be attached to the report.
Subcommittee on Agriculture Interim Report
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Budget and Staff
The Subcommittee shall use its existing staff and utilize the budget approved by the Senate Committee on Administration. Where appropriate, the Subcommittee should obtain assistance from the Senate Research Center and legislative agencies, including the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Council, and the State Auditor. The Subcommittee should also seek the assistance of appropriate Executive Branch agencies with responsibilities in the areas related to the Subcommittee's interim charges.
Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2003. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 78th Legislative Session.
The 77th Legislature's Senate Committee on Natural Resources.
The 76th Legislature's Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture.