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House Bill 1723 could affect bee transportation process

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 17:55:41-04

TEXAS — A bill currently waiting to be heard in committee could affect the way bees are transported.

House Bill 1723, drafted by Representative Terry Meza of District 105, aims to get rid of the permits needed to transport bees across county lines in Texas.

As is stands now, a permit is required to move bees from one county to another, but HB 1723 would eliminate that permit process for beekeepers.

"Part of the development of bees and beehives is that beekeepers do a lot of sharing of their bees and beehives and so this will make it easier to do that. They would no longer have to do the paperwork and pay the fee," Rep. Meza said.

The bill is currently waiting to be heard in the Agriculture Committee, if is passes out of there it will then be scheduled to be heard on the House floor.