Texas Agriculture Code
Sec. § 102.167
Powers and Duties of the Department


(a)

The department may adopt rules and issue orders as necessary or desirable to carry out this subchapter.

(b)

The department may hold hearings, take testimony, administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and issue subpoenas for the production of relevant books, records, or documents. A person may not be excused from attending and testifying or from producing documentary evidence before the department in obedience to a subpoena on the ground that the testimony or evidence required may tend to incriminate the person or subject the person to a penalty or forfeiture. An individual may not be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture because of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which the person is required to testify or produce evidence before the department in obedience to a subpoena. An individual so testifying is not exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in that testimony.

(c)

The department may permit an administrative committee to use the various employees or officers of the department in carrying out this subchapter or a marketing agreement or license under this subchapter.

(d)

The department may confer and cooperate with the authority of another state or the United States in order to secure uniformity in the administration of federal and state marketing agreements, standards, licenses, orders, or rules. The department may conduct hearings jointly with the United States Department of Agriculture.

(e)

Not later than December 1 before the first day of each regular session of the legislature, the department shall submit to the governor a full report of transactions under this subchapter during the preceding biennium. The report must include a complete statement of receipts and expenditures under this subchapter during the biennium.

(f)

Repealed by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 446, Sec. 4(2), eff. June 14, 2013.
Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 1272, ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1981.
Amended by:
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 446 (S.B. 772), Sec. 4(2), eff. June 14, 2013.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312 (S.B. 59), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.
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