HBA-CMT H.B. 2335 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2335 By: Crownover Licensing & Administrative Procedures 3/18/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, medication or drug testing performed on race animals in Texas is done by a laboratory chosen by the Texas Racing Commission through a competitive bidding process. The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) at Texas A&M University has been awarded the contract every year, and performs all primary sample testing. House Bill 2335 gives the TVDMDL the primary responsibility for medication or drug testing on racing animals in Texas. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2335 amends the Texas Racing Act to require medication or drug testing performed on a race animal to be conducted by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at Texas A&M University or by a laboratory operated by or in conjunction with or by a private or public agency selected by the Texas Racing Commission with the approval of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.