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  H.B. No. 88
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the evacuation and sheltering of service animals and
  household pets in a disaster.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  This Act shall be known as Simba's Law.
         SECTION 2.  Section 418.043, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 418.043.  OTHER POWERS AND DUTIES.  The division shall:
               (1)  determine requirements of the state and its
  political subdivisions for food, clothing, and other necessities in
  event of a disaster;
               (2)  procure and position supplies, medicines,
  materials, and equipment;
               (3)  adopt standards and requirements for local and
  interjurisdictional emergency management plans;
               (4)  periodically review local and interjurisdictional
  emergency management plans;
               (5)  coordinate deployment of mobile support units;
               (6)  establish and operate training programs and
  programs of public information or assist political subdivisions and
  emergency management agencies to establish and operate the
  programs;
               (7)  make surveys of public and private industries,
  resources, and facilities in the state that are necessary to carry
  out the purposes of this chapter;
               (8)  plan and make arrangements for the availability
  and use of any private facilities, services, and property and
  provide for payment for use under terms and conditions agreed on if
  the facilities are used and payment is necessary;
               (9)  establish a register of persons with types of
  training and skills important in disaster mitigation,
  preparedness, response, and recovery;
               (10)  establish a register of mobile and construction
  equipment and temporary housing available for use in a disaster;
               (11)  assist political subdivisions in developing
  plans for the humane evacuation, transport, and temporary
  sheltering of service animals and household pets in a disaster;
               (12)  prepare, for issuance by the governor, executive
  orders and regulations necessary or appropriate in coping with
  disasters;
               (13) [(12)]  cooperate with the federal government and
  any public or private agency or entity in achieving any purpose of
  this chapter and in implementing programs for disaster mitigation,
  preparation, response, and recovery; and
               (14) [(13)]  do other things necessary, incidental, or
  appropriate for the implementation of this chapter.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 88 was passed by the House on April
  27, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 132, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 88 on May 16, 2007, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 88 on May 21, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 142,
  Nays 1, 2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 88 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 11, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
  committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
  that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
  88 on May 25, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor