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Executive Director’s Report...

published: June 2nd 2017
by: Bill Hyman
source: ICA of Texas
The Texas Legislature regular session is wrapping up and it is anybody’s guess if there will be a special session. With just a few days to go, it looks like we will get the additional funding for fever ticks included in the budget. Hopefully by the time you read this the session will be finished. This has been a different kind of session with a great deal of interest and work being expended on social agendas and less interest on everything else. The House and Senate have agreed on very few items unless the bills came from heavily lobbied (well funded) constituents. 
We have worked hard on the private property issues and for the most part gained a little ground. The Brand Inspection Bill was stalled in the House, but reached the Senate via an amendment that moved through the Senate. The animal cruelty bills that were passed were, for the most part, not germane to the agriculture community. 
It is almost time for the ICA State Convention and we are hoping for a large crowd. With plenty of interesting speakers, this should be one of our most educational conventions in several years. Golf, a ladies tour, a dance and lots of time to visit and enjoy your friends and fellow ranchers are ingredients for a great time. Remember, you don’t have to be present to win the ICA Drawdown raffle featuring a six seat Can Am Defender. Nothing is better than getting a call on Thursday night that lets you know that you are a winner.
Make plans now to attend, bring the family and join us for education, entertainment and just plain fun.  
See you there. 

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