TCAP partners need you immediately!
Please help support access to low-cost pet care throughout Texas.
Please immediately email opposing means testing to qualify for affordable pet care in House Bill 3439.
HB 3439 would dramatically limit whose pets can receive important, life-saving wellness services. This would be a devastating setback to Texas animal welfare.
Take action today!
Email your Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Senator opposing the bill:
Sen. Nathan Johnson
Collin, Cooke, Denton,
Grayson, & Parker Counties
Sen. Drew Springer
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Read HB 3439 in its entirety:
By: A. Johnson of Harris H.B. No. 3439
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to veterinary services performed on certain animals in
the care of a releasing agency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 828.012(b), Health and Safety Code, is
amended to read as follows:
(b) A veterinarian employed by a releasing agency may not
perform nonemergency veterinary services other than sterilization
on an animal that the releasing agency knows or should know has an
owner. However, this subsection does not prevent a veterinarian
employed by a releasing agency from performing veterinary services
on an animal whose owner:
(1) is an individual or family whose income is:
(A) not more than 80 percent of the median income
for the area in which the individual or family lives as determined
using a source or methodology accepted under federal law or rule; or
(B) less than the federal poverty level for the
relevant household size; and
(2) submits to the releasing agency evidence to
establish the owner qualifies as an individual or family described
by Subdivision (1).
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.