Currently there are two potential legislative actions that may impact beekeepers. First, there is a proposed exemption from the current Health and Safety Code for small-scale beekeepers. It’s not feasible for small-scale operations to meet facility requirements in the current code. The intent is to exempt small-scale beekeepers from the requirements while retaining the Honey Standards as defined in Ag Code 131.
There are also proposed changes to the Texas Agriculture Code Chapter 131- Bees and Honey. Chapter 131 has not been updated since 1986. The proposed changes were emailed to all TBA members and can also be found in the following pdf file. Proposed deletions have text with a line through the center, additions are underlined.
The current 131 Code can be found at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/AG/htm/AG.131.htm.