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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Texas Animal Health Commission meeting records, 1962-2000,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Animal Health Commission:

An Inventory of Animal Health Commission Meeting Records at the Texas State Archives, 1962-2000



Overview

Creator: Texas Animal Health Commission.
Title: Animal Health Commission meeting records
Dates: 1962-2000
Abstract: The Texas Animal Health Commission works to protect the animal industry from, and/or mitigate the effects of domestic, foreign and emerging diseases; to increase the marketability of Texas livestock commodities at the state, national and international level; to promote and ensure animal health and productivity; to protect human health from animal diseases and conditions that are transmissible to people; and, to prepare for and respond to emergency situations involving animals. To those ends, the commission is empowered to adopt rules and regulations, a process which is documented in the agency's minutes. These records consist of minutes, with supporting documentation, and audio cassette tapes, of Texas Animal Health Commission meetings and public hearings, dating 1962-2000.
Quantity: 4.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Animal Health Commission, in the words of its mission statement, works "to protect the animal industry from, and/or mitigate the effects of domestic, foreign and emerging diseases; to increase the marketability of Texas livestock commodities at the state, national and international level; to promote and ensure animal health and productivity; to protect human health from animal diseases and conditions that are transmissible to people; and, to prepare for and respond to emergency situations involving animals."

The Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission was created in 1893 (Substitute House Bill 112, 23rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to eradicate fever ticks. In 1955 (Senate Bill 247, 54th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the legislature broadened the scope of the commission's responsibility to control and eradicate other livestock and poultry diseases recognized to be infectious or contagious such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, hog cholera, and pullorum typhoid. In 1959 (House Bill 187, 56th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the commission's name was changed to the Texas Animal Health Commission. The commission has divided the state into geographical areas, between eight to twelve in number, with a veterinarian assigned to supervise each area. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) inspectors and veterinarians cooperate closely with the commission on disease control programs. A major program of the commission is brucellosis eradication and is supported by USDA funding for field testing, testing at livestock markets, and laboratory and clerical support.

The composition of the Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission/Texas Animal Health Commission was changed several times. Originally (1893) it was composed of three practical livestock raisers--one from west Texas, one from south Texas, and one from east Texas--appointed by the governor for two-year terms. In 1937 (House Bill 597, 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the term was raised to six years. In 1955 (Senate Bill 247, 54th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the number of members was raised to six: a veterinarian, a dairyman, a practical cattle raiser, a practical hog raiser, a sheep or goat raiser, and a poultry raiser; the geographical distribution was to be divided between west, south, north, and east Texas, as practicably as possible.

The Texas Animal Health Commission was likewise composed of six members, in the same fashion, from its creation in 1959 until 1973 (House Bill 645, 63rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), when the number was raised to nine by the addition of representatives of the equine industry, the feedlot industry, and the livestock marketing industry. In 1983 (House Bill 1, 68th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session), the addition of three members of the general public raised the number of commissioners to twelve. In 1993 (House Bill 1652, 73rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), the number of public members was reduced to two, but a representative of the exotic livestock or fowl industry was added. Finally, in 2003 (Senate Bill 287, 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session), the number of public members was raised again to three, making a total membership of 13 (an odd number, to avoid ties in voting).

To summarize, the policymaking body of the Texas Animal Health Commission is a thirteen member commission, appointed by the governor with concurrence of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. Three members are from the general public, one member from the veterinary profession, and one member is appointed from each of the following industries: dairy, beef, swine, sheep/goat, poultry, equine, exotic livestock/fowl, feedlot, and auction market.

(Sources include: the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the article on the Texas Animal Health Commission by John G. Johnson in the Handbook of Texas Online; the agency web site, at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/agency/index.shtml (both of these sites accessed March 2007); V.T.C.A., Agriculture Code, Section 161.021; and the enabling legislation, 1893, 1937, 1955, 1959, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Animal Health Commission works to protect the animal industry from, and/or mitigate the effects of domestic, foreign and emerging diseases; to increase the marketability of Texas livestock commodities at the state, national and international level; to promote and ensure animal health and productivity; to protect human health from animal diseases and conditions that are transmissible to people; and, to prepare for and respond to emergency situations involving animals. To those ends, the commission is empowered to adopt rules and regulations, a process which is documented in the agency's minutes. These records consist of minutes, with supporting documentation, and audio cassette tapes, of Texas Animal Health Commission meetings and public hearings, dating 1962-2000. There is a gap in the minutes dating 1983-1988, which is covered (with some overlap) by the 60-minute audio cassette tapes dating 1982-1989. (These tapes have not been listened to by State Archives personnel.) The minutes themselves are sometimes summaries of discussions and actions, but are often verbatim transcripts of the meetings. Subjects of discussion include reports from the Executive Director, committee reports, updates on various programs, public comments in hearings, and actions on proposed changes to the administrative rules. Supporting documentation includes the texts of proposed and adopted rules, requests for waiver of rules, correspondence, and executive director's reports.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by the creating agency chronologically by the date of the meeting.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

See the Archives' Preservation Officer to arrange to hear the tapes.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Animal health--Texas.
Animal health--Law and legislation--Texas.
Document Types:
Audio cassettes--Texas--Animal health--1982-1989.
Minutes--Texas--Animal health--1962-1983, 1988-2000.
Functions:
Regulating animal health.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Animal Health Commission records, 1990-1991, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Animal Health Commission press releases, 1963-1989, fractional [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2006 Accession Box 2 (2006/137)]
Texas Animal Health Commission annual report, 1961 [Box Strays ARG]
Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners minutes, 1985, 1987-1998, 2002-2006, 0.5 cubic ft.
Texas Livestock Sanitary Commission, Reports and financial statements, 1894, 1932-1934, fractional [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-10/851 (folders 14-16).]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Animal Health Commission meeting records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1994/121, 1998/256, 2002/162, 2004/196, 2006/091, 2007/104

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Animal Health Commission on July 5, 1994; and August 10, 1998; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on August 8, 2002; July 7, 2004; December 20, 2005; and February 20, 2007.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, July 1994

Tony Black, March 2007

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Animal Health Commission mounts its most recent agendas and its past minutes (in PDF format) on the agency web site (http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/agency/meetings.shtml).

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Animal Health Commission.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Texas Animal Health Commission meeting records, 1962-2000,
4.25 cubic ft.

Box
1998/256-1 Minutes, 1962-1983
February 1962 thru November 1970
[bound volume]
February 1971 thru December 1975
[bound volume]
January thru November 1976
[bound volume]
January thru December 1977
[bound volume]
April 1978 thru December 1979
[bound volume]
February thru December 1980
[bound volume]
Box
2002/162 January thru November 1981
[bound volume]
January thru November 1982
[bound volume]
Addendum #3, June 1983
[bound volume]
Box
1994/121-1 Audio recordings of meetings and hearings, 1982-1989
1982-1985
Box
1994/121-2 1986-1989
Box
2002/162 Minutes, 1988-2000
June 1988 thru December 1989
[bound volume]
March 1990 thru October 1991
[bound volume]
February thru November 1992
[bound volume]
January thru December1993
[bound volume]
February 1994 thru August 1995
[wallet]
Box
1998/256-2 August 1995
November 1995
January 1996
May 1996
August 1996
November 1996
February 1997
[missing minutes of three meetings, #316-#318]
August 1997
[missing minutes of one meeting, #320]
January 1998
March 1998
April 1998
June 1998
Oversight Committee, June 1998
August 1998
Oversight Committee, August 1998
November 1998
[missing minutes of three meetings, #326-#328]
September 1999
December 1999
March 2000
May 2000
July 2000
November 2000

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