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Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agricultural policy | Agricultural subsidies | Agriculture | Animal diseases | Biofuels | Horse racing | Rural economic development |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 Ag86
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [39 pages  File size: 6,393 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the development and implementation of the 2007 Farm Bill and determine the impact of the legislation on Texas agricultural products.
2. Evaluate preparedness of relevant agriculture-related agencies to respond effectively to animal and plant disease threats.
3. Study and evaluate the feasibility and potential economic impact of biofuel production from alternative feedstocks such as biomass, waste oils, and processed animal fats.
4. Study the impact on the equine industry due to increased competition from other states as it related to larger purses in equine competitions.
5. Examine the opportunities for increased economic development funding in rural Texas.
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Energy Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2008 : a report to the House of Representatives, 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Abandoned oil wells | Abandoned property | Alternative energy | Biofuels | Carbon capture and sequestration | Carbon dioxide | Electricity transmission and distribution | Groundwater pollution | Natural gas | Natural gas drilling | Natural gas leases | Oil drilling | Oil leases | Railroad Commission of Texas | Texas Economic Development Act | Water quality management |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 En27
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 172 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine issues related to electrical lines and abandoned equipment on oil and gas leases.
2. Examine whether the Railroad Commission of Texas should regulate carbon capture.
3. Discuss further the issue of financial assurance in relation to oil and gas wells, and evaluate the current bonding structure.
4. Discuss alternative energy sources and how best to incorporate them into our traditional energy sector. Also study the potential benefits of biofuels in Texas, including Texas feedstocks best suited for biofuel production and synergies between that industry and traditional energy sectors. Develop recommendations for facilitating the growth of the biofuel industry in a manner that best positions Texas in the national market.
5. Research ways to maintain ground water quality in relation to oil and gas exploration through economic incentives for innovative technology solutions.
6. Study the use of the Texas Economic Development Act since its enactment as HB 1200, 77th Legislature, Regular Session. Determine how the act may be enhanced to better attract significant capital investments by science and technology industries developing alternative energy sources. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Economic Development.)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Coastal Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Agricultural policy | Biofuels | Coastal erosion | Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act | Deer | Food prices | Horses | Texas Open Beaches Act | Tourism | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 N219a
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [39 pages  File size: 4,207 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the economic development impact, benefits and costs of the Fuel Ethanol and Biodiesel Incentive Program. Analyze and make recommendations regarding the following areas of interest:
  • state cost versus economic benefit, including any impact on the price of feed for livestock and food for human consumption;
  • the program as compared to other state and federal incentives;
  • any federal legislative or administrative changes relating to the program; and
  • options to encourage research and new technologies and market based incentives and competitive feedstock issues including feedstock development.
2. Study the impact of funding increases and their effectiveness for the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Program and provide options for possible future funding sources.
3. Study the economic impacts and unintended consequences of allowing whitetail deer raised on deer farms in Texas to be legally processed for venison. Study the interstate shipment issues with venison from other states currently faced by Texas restaurant suppliers.
4. Study the impact of the thoroughbred and quarter horse industries on agriculture in Texas, specifically the reasons for decline in those industries over the last several years.
5. Study the growth potential for rural economic development through the wine and grape industry as a result of expanded traditional agricultural operations and expanded agritourism.
6. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Coastal Resources, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete the implementation. Specifically, monitor the implementation of HB 2819, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to enforcement of the Open Beaches Act. Additionally, monitor the implementation of the federal 2007 Farm Bill and determine the impact on the Texas agricultural industry.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels | Forest Service, Texas A&M | Horses | Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas | Veterinarians | Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas State Board of | Water conservation | Water Development Board, Texas | Wildfires |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 Ag86
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [36 pages  File size: 6,015 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Explore the need for both the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program and the Program for Assessment of Veterinary Medical Education (PAVE) for certification of students who graduate from foreign veterinary colleges.
2. Assess the need for new rules and regulations to govern non-veterinary practitioners of animal care, specifically equine dentistry, as well as the potential need for veterinary supervision of certain practices.
3. Research and determine the potential contributions of Texas agriculture to energy supply, including examination of the role of ethanol, biodiesel, and biomass.
4. Determine if a new comprehensive water conservation program is needed within the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board focusing on water conservation and water supply enhancement. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Natural Resources.)
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - Oil, Gas and Alternative Fuel Issues
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 80th Legislature : oil, gas, and alternative fuel issues
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels | Groundwater | Liquefied natural gas | Mineral rights | Natural gas | Natural gas drilling | Natural gas industry | Oil drilling | Property rights | Water contamination | Water rights | Water wells |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 N219o
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [167 pages  File size: 21,935 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify areas of the state where surface or groundwater was contaminated by petroleum operations. Determine the appropriate regulatory and technical requirements to remediate the contamination and prevent future contamination, and recommend appropriate agency jurisdiction for preventing, responding and remediating such incidents.
2. Study the increasing use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane. Examine the way those products fit into a diverse fuel mix. Review the current status of LNG terminals on the Texas coast. Study mineral owners and surface owners rights and obligations for the manner in which they enter and use property. Make recommendations on ways in which surface and mineral owners could communicate more effectively. Monitor the Railroad Commission study of competition in the Texas natural gas pipeline industry.
3. Study and make recommendations relating to investment needs and economic barriers to developing bio-diesel, bio-fuels, ethanol, and other renewable products in Texas. Compare agriculturally-developed renewable fuel initiatives in other states.
4. Study the permitting exemptions and water well regulations in Sec. 36.117, Water Code. Review the jurisdiction over the regulation of groundwater pumping in conjunction with drilling and production of oil and gas.
5. Review mineral owners and surface owners rights and obligations for the manner in which they enter and use property. Make recommendations on ways in which surface and mineral owners could communicate more effectively.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Subcommittee on Agriculture interim report to the 79th Legislature.
Subjects: Agriculture | Animal diseases | Biofuels | Bovine tuberculosis | Brucellosis | Fire ants | Gasoline additives | Water Development Board, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 N219a
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [21 pages  File size: 291 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations to enhance current efforts for the early detection, exclusion, and treatment of diseased plants and animals.
2. Explore new technologies and business opportunities in agriculture and make recommendations to enhance and develop agriculture.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - Alternative Fuels
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 78th Legislature : opportunities for alternative fuels and fuel additives : technologies for converting waste into fuel.
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels | Gasoline additives | Recycling | Solid waste disposal |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 n219f
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [56 pages  File size: 296 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and make recommendations on the research and use of alternative fuels and fuel additives in Texas. The Committee shall assess the cost-benefit of innovative technology in converting solid and agricultural waste into fuel and fuel additives.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report on interim charges / House Committee on State Affairs, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Biofuels | Duck hunting | Hunting | Lead contamination | Property tax exemptions | Records management | Rights of way | State agencies | State agency performance measures | State buildings | State government debt | Telephone service | Vehicle safety inspections | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 st29
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [128 pages  File size: 3,653 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 29.
2. To study telecommunications needs for the state and its agency network in cooperation with other special legislative and statutory committees.
3. To study the feasibility of combining branch offices of legislators and/or state agencies in cities and towns.
4. To study the elimination of the state vehicle inspection requirements.
5. To study the quality control requirements for gas purchased at the gas pump, specifically gasohol.
6. To study the feasibility of leasing excess rights of way for additional state income.
7. In cooperation with the House Committee on Liquor Regulations, study wine production and associated grape cultivation in Texas.
8. To examine the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance major projects in Texas.
9. To study the management practices of state agencies.
10. To study the merits of eliminating the use of legal-size forms and other papers in state government, and additionally conduct a comprehensive study of the management of all state records and historical documents within the committee's jurisdiction.
11. To study enforcement of the prohibition on aliens and corporations receiving open-space valuation for agricultural land taxation.
12. In cooperation with the House Committee on Environmental Affairs, study the relevance of alternative forms of ammunition for use in the hunting of waterfowl in Texas; consider the comparative advantages and disadvantages of steel and lead shot, being attentive to the need for effective conservation of Texas wildlife.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and the members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Agriculture | Biofuels | Cooperative Extension, Texas | Cotton production | Exports | Rural economic development | Statutory revision |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ag83
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 851 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the feasibility of establishing foreign market trade missions and offices in other countries for the purpose of marketing Texas agricultural products and promoting agricultural exports. *
2. Examine operations under the new Agricultural Code to ascertain if substantive changes were indeed incorporated into the non-substantive items rewritten in the Code. Work with the Texas Legislative Council in identifying areas which may need substantive changes.
3. Study the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Determine the number of people served, services provided, etc.
4. Review the manner in which alcohol manufacturing processes are permitted and regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and other agencies with similar responsibilities. Stay abreast of new technology in field of alcohol fuel production.
5. Study the commercial potential of guayule, the desert shrub which was the nation's major source of rubber during World War II.
6. Study cotton warehousing in Texas with specific attention to alleged delays in service by the industry, the status of domestic and foreign markets, and the adequacy of current law as it deals with cotton warehousing.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim study report of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Agricultural labor | Agriculture | Agriculture, U.S. Department of | Alternative energy | Animal Health Commission, Texas | Aquaculture | Biofuels | Brucellosis | Cotton production | Forestry | Grain elevators and warehouses | Livestock | Migrant labor | Railroads | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ag83
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 3,324 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study grain marketing practices, to determine if Texas producers can improve their positions in the marketplace.
2. Study the procedures used in forward contracting and the commodities futures market to determine the need for bonding provisions.
3. Review all import and export laws relating to livestock and agricultural produce and determine the need, if any, for closer scrutiny of the importation of certain commodities.
4. Study cotton warehousing in Texas with specific attention to alleged delays in service by the industry, the status of domestic and foreign markets, and the adequacy of current laws as it deals with cotton warehousing.
5. Study the current status of laws relating to agricultural labor relations, including the issue of illegal alien labor, and recommend needed changes.
6. Determine if state efforts are needed to preserve forest land, to promote conservation of both soil and forest crops, and to improve timber production.
7. Review all available information concerning nonresident alien ownership of agricultural land with consideration to establishing a register of alien property owners in Texas. A determination of the effects of alien ownership on the local and state economy should also be made.
8. Investigate the discontinuation of service by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific rail lines in the Texas Panhandle; to study the economic impact of the loss of rail transportation on industry of the area and the state; and to determine if any actions can be taken to insure the continued transportation of agricultural commodities to market by rail.
9. Continue the cataloging of information on mariculture and determine the economic impact of mariculture on the state.
10. Study all available energy resources usable for agricultural production, particularly the development of gasohol, wind, solar, and biomass conversion. Monitor and disseminate information on gasohol plants in operation today, and study alternatives to market by-products of gasohol plants.
11. Monitor the activities and assist the Animal Health Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture in matters pertaining to the Texas Brucellosis Program. Review all laws pertaining to livestock and enforced by the Animal Health Commission; codify these laws to delete unnecessary provisions.
Committee: Senate Gasohol, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Special Committee on Gasohol, Senate Resolution 565 : final report to the Lieutenant Governor and the sixty-seventh Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 g21
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [22 pages  File size: 769 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study gasohol as an alternative fuel source and examine issues regarding its production in Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Gasohol, Special
Title: SR 565
Library Call Number: SR 565
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 1,121 kb]

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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