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May 14, 2019
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GUILLEN BILL TO PROTECT TEXAS RANCHERS HEADS TO GOVERNOR'S DESK
AUSTIN - HB 3348, authored by State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas), has been sent to the Governor, after passing a favorable vote in both chambers. The legislation would allow farmers to maintain their agriculture exemption for their property taxes, even when they have to move their cattle out off the property for fever tick quarantine.
"Ranchers are a vital contributor to the Texas economy," said Guillen. "Unfortunately, some statutes have put them at a disadvantage, which we've worked to address this legislative session."
Currently, ranchers are often required to move their cattle off their land when the Texas Animal Health Commission quarantines their land to eradicate fever ticks. Unfortunately, in some instances, ranchers have lost the ability to include their agriculture when filing, often unable to afford the property taxes necessary for their livelihood. HB 3348 seeks to allow ranchers to maintain their agriculture exemption despite fever tick quarantines.
"Agriculture is essential to the livelihood of many Texans," added Guillen. "I will continue to fight for these individuals and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve their needs."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen