In the 2017 Session, the Texas Beekeepers Association put forward a bill to reform the laws and regulations that govern Texas beekeepers. But while there is broad consensus that change is needed, several of the specific provisions of that bill would have created new problems and unintended consequences. FARFA worked with beekeepers to put a stop to that bill.
In 2018, we reached back out to beekeepers, both in our membership and more broadly, to talk about what types of reforms are needed and to try to find consensus on the solutions. While we were able to find consensus on many of the issues — including on the need for the Chief Apiary Inspector’s discretion to be constrained by an oversight board — the precise formation and composition of such a board lacks consensus.