YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Priority issues for 88th Texas Legislature
By Gary Joiner
State legislators are back in Austin. The 88th Texas Legislature is underway.
More than 6,000 bills will be filed during the 140-day regular session.
The only bill that must be passed by legislators is a two-year state budget. Everything else is poetry, as former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby used to say.
Several issues are of high interest to Texas farmers and ranchers. Texas Farm Bureau priorities include property rights and opposing unnecessary regulatory authority over the use of private property.
Another priority is water and protecting the rights of landowners and agricultural producers to surface water and groundwater.
Taxes are also a priority. Current state tax provisions should be protected that limit the burden on producing food, fiber and other agricultural products for consumers.
Right to farm is a priority issue, and the rights of agricultural producers to engage in normally accepted agricultural practices on their land must be protected.
A lot of poetry will be introduced in Austin this session. Texas farmers and ranchers hope the many verses hit the right note for Texas agriculture.
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