Honorable Ryan Guillen, Chair, House Committee On Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1015 by Guillen (Relating to the regulation of big cats and nonhuman primates; providing penalties.), As Introduced
There could be significant costs to a municipality or a county related to the enforcement, seizure and impoundment of a big cat or a nonhuman primate; however, the amounts would vary depending on the number of violations; the costs to transport; the costs and duration of impoundment; and associated legal expenses. In addition, a municipality or a county could recover reasonable costs incurred for an investigation, including attorneys and expert witness fees that would be credited to the animal control authority’s operating account.
Costs associated with enforcement, prosecution and confinement could likely be absorbed within existing resources; and revenue gain from fines imposed and collected is not anticipated to have a significant fiscal implication.
According to the City of Houston, no fiscal impact is anticipated.
802 Parks and Wildlife Department
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